[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 29th December 2018 - 4th January 2019

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Jan 5 09:50:39 EST 2019


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 was a pleasant week weather-wise with a big dumping of snow later in the
week that lasted barely a day. However, these conditions remain unfavourable
to good birding. New Year's Day listers and a couple of Christmas counts
produced results. Here are the highlights of the last week:

 

GREEN-WINGED TEAL - a single drake remains at Sydenham.

CANVASBACK - as many as 15 birds were seen in Kingston on 1st.

HORNED GREBE - up to 3 birds were seen on Amherst Island over the week, with
another at Finkle's Shore, Bath on 1st.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - a late bird was seen on the crossing to Amherst
Island on 2nd.

TURKEY VULTURE - a single bird was seen on Howe Island on 1st.

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 35 was tallied on 30th. Please keep your distance to reduce
negative impacts and always respect private property.

BOREAL CHICKADEE - a great record of a single bird was received from across
the border at Point Peninsula, NY on 5th.

HERMIT THRUSH - a late continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston,
on 1st.

EVENING GROSBEAK - there was just record this week, of a single bird near
Brewers Mills on 30th. 

PINE GROSBEAK - there were again several sightings in the Kingston area this
week, with a high of 9 near Gananoque on 30th.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were fairly consistent sightings from across the
region this week, with a high of 150 on Amherst Island on 3rd.

PINE SISKIN - the only record this week was of 8, just north of Kingston, on
2nd.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL - with very few records anywhere this year, a single
bird on Amherst Island on 3rd is noteworthy.

SNOW BUNTING - this species remains tricky to see this year, though 100 were
seen on Amherst Island on 3rd.

CHIPPING SPARROW - a continuing bird was seen at a private feeder near
Brewers Mills on 31st.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - a single bird was seen at a private feeder in
Kingston on 1st.

SWAMP SPARROW - 2 birds were at Belle Park, Kingston, on 31st.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 3 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 2nd.

 

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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