[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 26th January - 1st February 2019

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 08:34:06 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.

 

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 the
reasons for this are posted at several locations in the woods. Currently the
landowners allow access but this may change if the rules are broken. I am
happy to answer questions on their behalf privately.

 

Highlights:

It was a very quiet week in the Kingston area with the continued harsh
weather keeping birders and birds at bay. Here are the highlights of the
last week:

 

TRUMPETER SWAN - a remarkable 120 birds were seen at Lower Brewers Lock on
26th. None of these birds are tagged.

NORTHERN PINTAIL - a single male was seen at Invista, Kingston, on 26th.

TURKEY VULTURE - a wandering bird, likely from Prince Edward County, was
seen near Hay Bay on 28th.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK - a nice find on Amherst Island this week was an
immature bird seen on 26th.

SNOWY OWL - it remained a quiet week for this species with a high of just 5
birds on Amherst Island on 28th. Please keep your distance to reduce
negative impacts and always respect private property.

EVENING GROSBEAK - two birds continue at a feeder just north of Kingston,
with 8 at another feeder near Brewers Mills on 26th.

PINE GROSBEAK - the only reports this week came from Verona where a dozen
birds were present for a couple of days mid-week, and from Gananoque where
up to 9 birds were seen.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were continued widespread sightings across the region
this week, with the snow now bringing birds to feeders.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - numbers are slowly increasing with 13 seen on Wolfe
Island on 31st and 7 on Amherst Island on 7 on 1st.

SNOW BUNTING - there were surprisingly few records this week, though a high
count of 800 was seen on Wolfe Island on 26th.

FIELD SPARROW - an overwintering bird was found near Hay Bay on 28th.

SWAMP SPARROW - a single bird was seen on Amherst Island on 28th.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 2 birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 30th.

COMMON GRACKLE - a single bird was seen on Amherst Island on 26th.

 

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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