[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd April 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 19:47:30 EDT 2016


Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below.  Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

A definitive change in the weather has brought with it numerous new migrants
to the area. Birders have been put in force enjoying the genuinely
spring-like conditions. Highlights of the week include: SNOW GOOSE,
HARLEQUIN, GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL
CRANE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, DUNLIN, LITTLE GULL,
SNOWY OWL, CHIMNEY SWIFT, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, and CAPE MAY WARBLER.

 

Kingston

Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS showed up at Invista on 17th but haven't been
seen since. The first of the warblers were seen this week, with PINE WARBLER
at Lemoine Point CA on 17th, PALM WARBLER at Marshlands CA on 22nd and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at the same location on 18th; a BLUE-HEADED VIREO was
seen there today. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in the north of the city on
21st. A GREAT EGRET was seen at Marshlands on 21st.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

At least 1 SNOWY OWL was still present as of the 21st, as were several
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. A lone immature SNOW GOOSE has become attached to a
'resident' flock of Canada Geese and was still present on 22nd. SAVANNAH
SPARROWS are now widespread, PURPLE MARTINS are checking out the boxes and a
RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen on 7th Line this morning (22nd).

 

Amherst Island IBA

Few birders have visited the island this week but a SPOTTED SANDPIPER was
seen at Martin Edwards Reserve on 21st as well as GREAT EGRET and
BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Please note that you must be a member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards
Reserve.

 

Prince Edward County

Prince Edward Point and Kaiser Cross Road always receive attention at this
time of year. On 17th, an OFO trip picked up LITTLE GULL and DUNLIN at the
latter and an early CHIMNEY SWIFT and an impressive 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at
the former. Also at Kaiser, 2 early BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a single
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen on 16th. A maximum of 8 LITTLE GULLS was
seen there on 19th. Rolling back to 14th, a male HAERLEQUIN was seen at
Prince Edward Point on 14th. Now that the bird observatory is open, birders
once again feel the lure of this fabulous location - the first LEAST
FLYCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER of the season were seen
there today (22nd). All three scoters have been seen over the week.

 

Other sightings

The first GREAT EGRET of the season showed up near Bath on 14th, and an
UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen near Elginburg on 17th. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE(S?) have
returned to Napanee Plains IBA and are currently being reported quite
frequently. North of Kingston, single SANDHILL CRANES have been reported
from numerous locations. A GREEN HERON was seen near Sunbury on 16th, and a
GOLDEN EAGLE was up near Westport, also on 16th.

 

Special note re Amherstview Sewage Lagoons: The property is still undergoing
delayed construction work and is strictly off limits to all. It is now
predicted to re-open to those with written permission in late summer/early
autumn.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy. Also note that,
as requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at the privately-owned Owl
Woods must not be shared on the Internet (this includes posting as 'Amherst
Island' on eBird) by KFN or anyone who visits. To ensure continued access to
this location, please respect their wishes and follow the guidelines posted
on-site. To maintain records for conservation purposes, sightings from that
location are welcomed through all the traditional channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last
week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada

 

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Home: +1 (613) 385-1651

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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