[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 26th November - 2nd December 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 21:38:07 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:

Of course, the weather has warmed up again and last week's bird-producing
cold snap is a distant memory. However, birders out yesterday getting their
winter lists started pulled out some goodies. Highlights of the week
include: SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
CANVASBACK, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE, ICELAND GULL, SNOWY OWL,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, FOX
SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and COMMON
GRACKLE.

 

Kingston

An ICELAND GULL seen flying past Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 1st was a
good find for one observer and a continuing BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at
Hillview Pond (Collins Bay) on 2nd was a good record for another. At the
same location, as many as 10 NORTHERN SHOVELER were still present on 1st. A
FOX SPARROW at Lemoine Point CA on 27th was getting late, though hopefully
the 2 CANVASBACK that continue at Cataraqui Bay may hang around a bit
longer.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

SNOW GEESE linger on the island with 12 seen today at Button Bay where a
PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on 1st. The only SNOWY OWL of the week was seen on
4th Line, also on 1st. The NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Button Bay continued
until 26th but has not been seen since. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, as well as 2
SWAMP SPRROWS were seen at Big Sandy Bay on 27th.

 

Amherst Island IBA

A RED-NECKED GREBE was a nice find on the island on 1st and. that looks like
that's all this week. 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. 

 

Prince Edward Point

A female HARLEQUIN was seen at the point on 27th, as was a late VESPER
SPARROW. On 28th, just outside the NWA, a female BLACK SCOTER was seen,
along with a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

 

Other Sightings

Although the female KING EIDER at Millhaven has moved on a second bird, an
immature male, was found at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons yesterday. It was
still present at 4pm this evening. The CACKLING GEESE opposite the old CIL
factory at Millhaven, were seen again on 26th and 28th. North of here,
towards Napanee, 4 SNOW GEESE were seen on the farms ponds on CR8 on 30th
Nov and 1st Dec. In Napanee itself, a WOOD DUCK was today seen on the river
at Springside Park. Northeast of here, near Harrowsmith, a GOLDEN EAGLE was
photographed on 27th. Near Verona, 4 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE were seen today. In the Hay Bay area, RUDDY DUCKS are still present
in good numbers with 75 seen there on 1st. Also seen there was a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 4 AMERICAN COOT. Just north of Kingston, a
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen on a couple of occasions this week on Sand
Hill Road. Further east near Gananoque, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen on 27th
and 29th but has yet to reveal itself for winter listers. At the same
location, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been regular; a COMMON GRACKLE was seen
there on 27th. A highlight from just across the border in Jefferson County,
NY was an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seen near Watertown on 28th. Other notable
sightings in the States include a continuing TUFTED TITMOUSE just north of
Cape Vincent, a RED-THROATED LOON at Brownville, Chaumont on 28th, and a
GLAUCOUS GULL there on 27th.

 

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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