[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 23rd December 2016
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Sat Dec 24 10:18:42 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 over the also 2 weeks has alternated between mild, extremely
cold and cold again. With a fairly good dumping of snow, conditions have
been favourable to the flocking of birds to feeders and open water. With
some of the areas CBCs already wrapped up and published, this report will be
a quick summary of some of the highlights.
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - 2 were seen and photographed on the Napanee
River on 10th.
SNOW GOOSE - a total of 95 were recorded on 18th on Wolfe Island.
CACKLING GOOSE - 2 at Cataraqui Bay on 11th and 13th; 2 on 9th Line, Wolfe
Island on 10th.
HARLEQUIN DUCK - 2 birds briefly off Old Front Road, Kingston on 18th.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL - a pair were seen at Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island on 18th.
WOOD DUCK - a male continues to be seen at Napanee Springside Park, Napanee.
RUDDY DUCK - 2 were seen in Kingston's Inner Harbour on 18th.
ICELAND GULL - 4 sightings: 1 at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston on 11th and 18th; 1
Big sandy bay, Wolfe Island on 18th and 1 Amherst Island on 19th.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - an adult was seen at Joyceville waste facility on
GLAUCOUS GULL - the bird at Invista on 18th may well be the same individual
also seen at the Wolfe Island ferry the same day; 1 at Lansdowne dump on
20th; 1 at Gananoque on 21st; 1 at Joyceville waste facility on 21st and
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE - still some debate about this bird but 1 seen in the
Balsam Grove area on 12th and 18th.
SNOWY OWL - not too many birds around this year. The Kingston CBC tallied 6,
all on Wolfe Island.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - separate birds were seen at Aldolphustown and
Wilton Creek, Morven on 11th; another was seen in Kingston's east end on
TUFTED TITMOUSE - birds continue at Millen Bay, NY (2) and Gananoque (1).
Two further birds are regular to a feeder near Poole Island, just outside
the circle on the St Lawrence parkway.
MARSH WREN - 1 at Marshlands CA, Kingston on 18th.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - 1 on Washburn Road, Sunbury, on 21st.
HERMIT THRUSH - 1 on Howe Island on 21st.
GREY CATBIRD - a great winter find with a single bird seen at Gananoque on
21st and 22nd.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - 1 at Button Bay Road, Wolfe Island on 15th; 1 on 11th
Line, Wolfe Island on 18th; and 1 in Kingston on 22nd.
PINE WARBLER - one was seen at Prince Edward Point on 17th.
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - 4 birds at Prince Edward Point on 17th.
FOX SPARROW - 1 near Camden East on 15th; 4 in Kingston's west end on 18th.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - 3 at Waupoos, Prince Edward on 10th; 1 near
Millhaven on 15th and 16th; 1 at Sydenham on 22nd.
HARRIS'S SPARROW - a single photographed bird was seen on private property
on Amherst Island on 15th and 16th.
SAVANNAH SPARROW - a single bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 18th.
SWAMP SPARROW - 1 Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island on 18th with another in the NW
section the same day; 1 on Washburn Road, Sunbury on 21st.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD - 8 at Prince Edward Point on 17th; 1 Kingston on 18th; 2 at
Pitts ferry on 21st.
COMMON GRACKLE - 1 at a feeder near Gananoque all month; 1 on Howe Island on
18th and 21st.
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, a big thank you goes to all who have submitted sightings over the
last couple of weeks.
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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