[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 28th October - 4th November 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 20:32:20 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:

Although the weather hasn't really cooled off, a noticeable increase in
winter birds has been noted over the last week. Highlights include: CACKLING
GOOSE, BLACK SCOTER, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, EASTERN PALM WARBLER,
CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW, PINE SISKIN, EVENING GROSBEAK.

 

Kingston

Not too much from the city this week other than a late RED-EYED VIREO at
Marshlands CA on 30th October and, unusual for the location, 4 EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS at Lemoine Point CA on the same date. Good numbers of COMMON LOON
(35+) have been seen off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour all week, though the
RED-NECKED GREBE seen on the Wolfe Island crossing on the 2nd Nov was only
the 3rd record this season. A female BLACK SCOTER was seen on the same
crossing on 26th Oct, with possibly the same bird seen off Kingston's
waterfront on 2nd November. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Kingston's
downtown area on 26th October.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

TUNDRA SWAN numbers in Button Bay have decreased recently to less than a
dozen, though over 70 were seen on 2nd Line on 1st. Geese at Button Bay have
included 2 CACKLING and a single SNOW this week though recently arrived are
approximately 4-5000 REDHEAD. Twelve DUNLIN were also present today. Nearby,
on Button Bay Road, LAPLAND LONSPUR, an EASTERN PALM WARBLER, and a single
PINE SISKIN were noted today (4th). SNOW BUNTINGS (50+) were seen at BIG
SANDY BAY on 2nd - a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen there on 1st. A late
CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW was also seen there on 26th. SAVANNAH SPARROWS have
been noted over the last week on 5th Line and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen
on the island on 1st. Finally, 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at Big Sandy
Bay on 31st.

 

Amherst Island IBA

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Martin Edwards Reserve on 31st and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE was seen elsewhere on the island the same day. Also seen at the
reserve was a PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 3rd. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted the
same day but the location not specified. 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. Also note that the Owl Woods are closed
for 3 weeks from Monday 21st November to Sunday 11th December inclusive. 

 

Other Sightings

The only sighting, so far this season, of RED-THROATED LOON came from
Traverse Woods, Prince Edward County, on 28th October. A late OSPREY was
still present at Howe Island, also on 28th. SANDHILL CRANES have been noted
at several locations recently though the highest count this week was of 8
seen near Elgin on 2nd. The first sighting of CANVASBACK came from
Sillsville (Hay Bay) where one was seen on 3rd. Small numbers of EVENING
GROSBEAKS (1-3) have been seen at Verona (28th), Crosby (27th & 2nd) and
Bedford Mills (4th).

 

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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Email: markdread at gmail.com

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