[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 7-20th January 2017
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 18:30:14 EST 2017
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.
I missed last week's report, so some of those highlights are included here
too. A cold snap last week was replaced, of course, by a thaw and massive
reduction in snow cover, with areas such as Wolfe Island being completely
devoid of ice or snow. Comments suggested I stick to the new format so here
are the highlights of the last two weeks:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - This 'continuing' single bird was last seen on
the Bath waterfront on 8th.
SNOW GOOSE - A white bird was seen at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston on 8th.
CACKLING GOOSE - Singles were seen north of Millhaven on 7th and at Bath on
WOOD DUCK - The male continues to be seen at Napanee Springside Park,
NORTHERN SHOVELER - A single male was seen at Napanee Springside Park,
Napanee on 19th.
HARLEQUIN DUCK - The 2 females continue to be seen in the area of Portsmouth
Olympic Harbour though they seem to be slightly less 'guaranteed' than
RED-THROATED LOON - Strong southerly winds presumably brought this single
bird to Wolfe Island on 11th.
COMMON LOON - Two were seen off Amherst Island on 7th-8th.
HORNED GREBE - 1 was seen at Prince Edward Point on 11th
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - 1 bird was seen on the Cressy Peninsula, Prince
Edward County on 14th.
TURKEY VULTURE - A lone bird was seen in Kingston on 16th.
ICELAND GULL - Plenty of widespread sightings, mainly at their usual
locations of Doug Fluhrer Park, Kingston and dumps at Lansdowne, Joyceville
and Violet, as well as several other locations.
GLAUCOUS GULL - Surprisingly few records with singles seen at Lansdowne
Dump, Violet Dump and nearby Storms Corners during the week.
SNOWY OWL - No more reports I'm afraid due to complaints of trespassing and
harassment of this species by photographers on both Wolfe and Amherst
TUFTED TITMOUSE - Birds continued at Gananoque (1) all week, and were also
seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston (1) on 10th.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - A single bird was observed at Belle Park, Kingston
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - A single bird was seen at Brownville, NY on 11th and
SWAMP SPARROW - birds were seen at Collins Bay, Kingston (1) on 8th,
Marshlands CA, Kingston (1) on 13th, and Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island (1) on
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - 1 was present at a feeder in Elginburg on 14th.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 15 birds were seen in a mixed flock with Brown-headed
Cowbirds on 8th, 1-2 birds continue to be seen at a feeder opposite
Marshlands CA, Kingston, and 2 were seen at Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island on
COMMON REDPOLL - A single bird was seen near Verona on 8th.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy
pdf> . 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
As always, a big thank you goes to all who have submitted sightings over the
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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