[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd Dec 2017

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 19:27:45 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.



The weather has remained very cold and bitter most of this last week, with a
fresh dumping of snow today. Inland lakes are mainly frozen and smaller bays
are iced up around Lake Ontario. Here are the highlights of the last week:


WOOD DUCK - a female was present in Cataraqui Bay, Kingston 19th-20th.

HARLEQUIN DUCK - a female bird was seen near Sandhurst Shores on 18th.

SURF SCOTER - 4 birds were seen on Simcoe Island on 17th.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK - an immature was seen in Kingston on 17th.

SNOWY OWL - numbers on Wolfe Island increased to 19 on 17th.
Disappointingly, folks have been trespassing on Amherst Island to photograph
these birds. All farmland on both islands is private.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - single continuing birds were seen near Battersea
on 16th and Lower Brewer's Mills on 19th.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD - the female bird was seen regularly throughout the week
on Babylon Road, Prince Edward.

HERMIT THRUSH - a single bird was seen at Little Cataraqui CA, Kingston on

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - a single bird was seen on Amherst Island on 16th.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - not so many sightings this week, though 8 were seen on
Wolfe Island on 17th. 

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - a number of records with 1 near Elginburg on 10th
and 14th, 2 singles near Camden East on 14th, and 3 just south of Westport,
also on 14th.

SAVANNAH SPARROW - a lone bird was seen on 5th Line, Wolfe Island, on 17th.

FOX SPARROW - 2 birds were seen near Aldolphustown on 18th.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - an immature was seen near Adolphustown on 16th, with
another on Howe Island on 17th.

SWAMP SPARROW - a respectable Christmas count of 9 was logged on 17th.

EASTERN TOWHEE - a single bird was located on pine Grove Road, near Lower
Brewer's Mills on 22nd.

EASTERN MEADOWLARK - 2 birds were seen near Gananoque on 19th.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD - a flock of 12 birds was seen near Hay Bay on 16th, with a
further record of 4 in Kingston on 17th, and 2 near Hawley on 20th.

COMMON GRACKLE - a single bird was seen in Kingston on 17th, with another
near Gananoque on 19th.


In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
pdf> . 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.


As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.




Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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