[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 19th - 25th November 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 18:27:44 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.

 

Highlights:

Looks like the cold snap did us some favours with a good week in the
Kingston area for rarities. Highlights of the week include: GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, KING EIDER, SANDHILL CRANE,
DUNLIN, ICELAND GULL, SNOWY OWL, GYRFALCON, TUFTED TITMOUSE, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

 

Kingston

Not too much from the city this week, though Cataraqui Bay continues to hold
a good number and variety of species including over a hundred TUNDRA SWANS,
400 REDHEAD, 200 GREATER SCAUP, and singles of BONAPARTE'S GULL, GREAT BLUE
HERON and BELTED KINGFISHER. SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at CFB Kingston on
24th.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

This afternoon a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Stevenson Lane in
with a flock of several thousand Canada Geese and 58 SNOW GEESE. CACKLING
GOOSE was suspected but the rain and fog hindered viewing. On 4th Line, the
island's first SNOWY OWL of the season was also seen this afternoon. A
BARRED OWL (rare for the island) was seen on 2nd Line on 20th. Also seen
that day were a couple of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS near Horne's Ferry - 6 were
seen at Button Bay on 23rd. SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS were seen
throughout the week but there have been no more reports of Lapland Longspur.

 

Amherst Island IBA

The first SNOWY OWL of the Kingston area season showed up on Front Road late
on 18th and just missed last week's report. On 22nd, both DUNLIN and ICELAND
GULL were seen at the east end of the island. On 23rd, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
and a single RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were also seen but raptors do seem to be
scarce so far this year. 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 NOW CLOSED for 3 weeks and
will reopen on Monday 12th December. 

 

Other Sightings

The female KING EIDER continued to be reported until Sunday 20th but,
despite searches, has not been seen since. The CACKLING GEESE just down the
road opposite the old CIL factory, were still present on 22nd. RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS were seen at many locations during the week, as were many RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS. However, the 17 Rusties seen near Napanee on 21st are of note; a
FOX SPARROW was seen nearby on the same date. A B ROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was
seen just north of Millhaven on 21st and COMMON GRACKLES were seen just west
of Gananoque on 23rd (1) and 24th (3). At the same location, a TUFTED
TITMOUSE has been regular all week. Of note was a hybrid RED-SHOULDERED x
RED-TAILED HAWK also seen and photographed there on 23rd. A bit further
north in Frontenac Provincial Park, a grey GYRFALCON was seen and
photographed on 19th. Still at the northern edge of the circle, SANDHILL
CRANES have been noted near Crosby on several occasions over the week. In
the same area, an EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on 24th.

 

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

 

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
<http://markdread.blogspot.com/> 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
<http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-repor
ting-sensitive-species> 

 



More information about the ONTBIRDS mailing list