[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 9th December 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 18:57:24 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:

It's cooled down a bit and a day's worth of snow early in the week brought
birds to the feeders. Hopefully, the forecast of much colder weather coming
in as of this evening will help concentrate birds even more. Highlights of
the week include: SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, EURASIAN WIGEON,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, KING EIDER, RUDDY DUCK, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, TUFTED TITMOUSE,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, AMERICAN PIPIT, FOX SPARROW,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

 

Kingston

The continuing BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was last seen at Hillview Pond
(Collins Bay) on 3rd. Over in the Inner Harbour at Belle Island, a male
EURASIAN WIGEON was present from 4th - 5th only. Also seen on the 4th was a
single CACKLING GOOSE. On 6th, a RUDDY DUCK was found to still be lingering
there too and in the woods at the same location a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen
the same day. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was also seen on 6th and 8th. Numerous
NORTHERN SHOVELERS are also still present at this location. A good find this
week was a NORTHERN GOSHAWK seen in the city's north end. At Marshland CA, a
COMMON REDPOLL was seen on 4th along with a single COMMON GRACKLE and
several RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (that have continued all week). Just across
the road in Cataraqui Bay the only sighting this week of a CANVASBACK came
in on the 3rd. A late AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Invista on 6th.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

The only SNOWY OWL of the week was seen on 5th Line on 4th. The consistently
inconsistent NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD reappeared at Button Bay today (9th).

 

Amherst Island IBA

Three SWAMPS SPARROWS at Sand Beach on 5th were the only birds reported from
the island this week. Please note that the OWL WOODS (closed for hunting)
will reopen on Monday 12th December.

 

Prince Edward County

Not too many visitors to the county this week. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FOX
SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN were all observed on 4th at Prince Edward Point,
where 5 HORNED GREBES were seen on 6th. At Cressy Point a nice find was a
flock of 97 TUNDRA SWANS, also on 6th.

 

Other Sightings

The only SNOW GOOSE of the week was a single blue bird seen at Bath on 3rd
and Millhaven on 4th. At the same site, both ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLs have been seen this week, with 6 CACKLING GEESE seen there on 3rd. To
the west, in Napanee, the continuing male WOOD DUCK was seen on a couple of
dates this week, including today (9th). In the Hay Bay area, RUDDY DUCKS
were still present in good numbers on 3rd with 55 birds seen. Getting late,
7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on McIntyre Road on 4th in the presence of 45
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Near Millhaven a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on
9th. The immature male KING EIDER at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons was last
seen on 4th. Please note you must be a member of KFN to enter this location
- see the website for more details. Near Gananoque, another TUFTED TITMOUSE
continues to be seen regularly and together with the one mentioned above and
another 2 at Beadles Point Road in Jefferson County, NY would indicate a
minimum of 4 birds in our area. At the Gananoque location both a COMMON
GRACKLE and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are also being seen. At Lansdowne Dump a
GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on 7th.

 

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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