[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 8-14th October
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 19:38:56 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.
With winds blowing from the north on just a couple of occasions this week,
there has been little movement and no rarities other than the continuing
EURASIAN WIGEON in Kingston. Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes are plentiful and
waterfowl are finally beginning to arrive.
TUNDRA SWANS have been seen in Cataraqui Bay from 10th onwards, numbering 22
on 12th. Other waterfowl seen on 10th included REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, and
singles of COMMON GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD. A late BARN SWALLOW was seen
there on 7th but the EURASIAN WIGEON (now in immaculate plumage) has moved
to the Inner Harbour just north of Belle Island. Also at the same location,
PIED-BILLED GREBES and RUDDY DUCKS were present on 13th. Warblers have
pretty much moved right through with just YELLOW-RUMPED being seen
consistently though a CAPE MAY was seen at Sutherland Drive Park on 7th. A
PHILIDELPHIA VIREO was seen at Casey Point, near Kingston Mills on also 7th.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 8th.
Wolfe Island IBA
TUNDRA SWANS have also arrived at Button Bay, with the first 2 on 7th,
increasing to 56 by today (14th). Also seen on 7th were a minimum of 6 SNPOW
GEESE, 1 was still present today, along with a CACKLING GOOSE. Dabbling
ducks included just AMERICAN WIGEON and a handful of NORTHERN PINTAIL. RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen at Big Sandy Bay this morning, along with numerous
HERMIT THRUSHES and a single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.
Prince Edward Point
The season is proving to be good for NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS; banding
continues at the observatory until the end of the month. A RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER was a good find last weekend as was a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
(little suitable habitat for either). Hawks pass through during north
(preferably NW) winds and typically include RED-SHOULDERED and RED-TAILED
HAWKS as well as SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWKS. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was
seen last weekend and PEREGRINE FALCONS have been noted on several
occasions. RUSTY BLACKBIRD numbers are relatively good. Kinglets, Blue Jays,
Hermit Thrushes, Dark-eyed Juncos and Brown Creepers and White-throated
Sparrows are numerous.
A flock of 70 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen leaving Canada as they made their
way south across the St. Lawrence at Gananoque on 12th and a MARSH WREN was
seen near Howe Island on 8th.
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
Mark D. Read
337 Button Bay Road,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
Home: +1 (613) 385-1651
Email: markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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