[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 5th - 11th November 2016
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 19:27:34 EST 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.
The weather has remained warmer than expected, with quite a push of mainly
southerly winds in the latter part of the week. The KFN Fall Round-up,
combined with some excellent finds by others, has led to some genuine
highlights including: CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, CANVASBACK, KING
EIDER, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, GLAUCOUS GULL, CAROLINA
WREN, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK.
Although many of the above highlights occurred away from the city, both
RED-THROATED LOON (1 on the ferry crossing to Wolfe Island, 5th) and
RED-NECKED GREBE (2 off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 6th) have been reported.
In the Inner Harbour, good numbers of RUDDY DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE were
present last weekend. The city's resident PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at
their usual location on Princess Street on 8th, though the NORTHERN GOSHAWK
seen up near the 401 on 6th was certainly more unusual. The number of TUNDRA
SWANS has fluctuated a bit this week but seems to have settled at about 40
(Cataraqui Bay). Also at this location 4 male CANVASBACKS were present on
6th; 2 were seen on 9th.
Wolfe Island IBA
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen at Button Bay this morning (11th) and a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew over the queue for the ferry yesterday morning
(10th). A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Horne's Ferry on 6th and a CAROLINA WREN
was seen on the nearby Garden Island on 6th.
Amherst Island IBA
A few shorebirds were still present at Martin Edwards Reserve last weekend
(5th) including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, and
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. However, the highlight was a PURPLE SANDPIPER seen
the same day but not necessarily looked for since. Also seen on the same
date was a male EURASIAN WIGEON and several HORNED GREBES. A GLAUCOUS GULL
was also seen on the ferry crossing. 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.
The big news of the week has been a continuing female KING EIDER first
located at the Millhaven ferry dock (to Amherst Island) on 5th that is still
present as of 4:30 this afternoon (11th). Staying close to shore, this bird
has been easy to locate for many. Just down the road opposite the old CIL
factory, 9 CACKLING GEESE were seen on 6th; 4 were still there yesterday
(10th). Up at Bedford Mills, TRUMPETER SWANS are already starting to
congregate - 28 were seen there on 6th, as was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
Over near Crosby, 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on 9th, 8 COMMON
REDPOLLS were present on 5th, and SANDHILL CRANES were seen nearby on 6th.
In Frontenac Provincial Park, a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen on 8th. In
Prince Edward County, GOLDEN EAGLES were seen near the bird observatory on
several dates, including 4+ on 5th, 1 on 6th and 1 on 9th. A RED-THROATED
LOON was seen there on 5th. Finally, returning to the Kingston area, 4
RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at 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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