[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 22nd - 28th December 2018

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 11:39:50 EST 2018


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.

 

A REMINDER RE OWL WOODS: A condition of being allowed continued access to
the Owl Woods is that observations of owls seen there are not posted to the
Internet (in any form) during the current season. Notices explaining this
are posted at several locations in the woods. It has been noticed that some
people are simply ignoring this condition and that others are trying to
bypass this request by changing the ‘location’ to Amherst Island. Access to
the Owl Woods is a privilege and the consortium of owners is serious about
removing access if this practice continues. I am happy to answer questions
on their behalf privately.

 

Highlights:

A snowy start to the week ended with a complete thaw and temperatures of
8°C. It was, however, a very quiet week. Here are the highlights of the last
7 days:

 

WOOD DUCK – a male bird was seen at Invista, Kingston, on 27th.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL – a single drake was seen at Sydenham on 23rd and 27th.

RED-NECKED GREBE – a single bird was seen at Sandhurst Shores on 23rd.

ICELAND GULL – a single bird was seen at Lansdowne Dump on 22nd.

GLAUCOUS GULL – a single bird was present at Lansdowne Dump on 22nd.

SNOWY OWL – far more birds (in general) are being seen on Amherst than Wolfe
so far this season, possibly due to a better food source. This week’s high
count of 34 was tallied on 28th. Please keep your distance to reduce
negative impacts and always respect private property.

HERMIT THRUSH – a late bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 23rd.

EVENING GROSBEAK – there were very few sightings this week, and all in low
numbers. 

PINE GROSBEAK – there were again several sightings in the Kingston area this
week, with a high of 12 near Gananoque on 27th.

COMMON REDPOLL – there were fairly consistent sightings from across the
region this week, with a high of 240 near Joyceville on 27th.

PINE SISKIN – the only record this week was of 5 on Howe Island on 27th.

SNOW BUNTING – very low numbers this year, with just a smattering of records
across the region this week.

CHIPPING SPARROW – a continuing bird was seen at a private feeder near
Brewers Mills on 28th.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – 15 birds were seen on Howe Island on 27th.

COMMON GRACKLE – a large flock of 25 birds was seen just out of the area at
South Bay, Prince Edward, on 27th.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
<http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/birding/KFN_sensitive_sightings_policy.
pdf> . Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email:  <mailto:markdread at gmail.com> markdread at gmail.com

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
<http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-repor
ting-sensitive-species> 

 



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