[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 30th November - 6th December 2019

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sun Dec 8 08:05:03 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 send 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 fairly slow week in the area though the Spotted Towhee continued to
draw visitors. More snow and below average temperatures have encouraged the
departure of the larger waterfowl concentrations, though feeders don't seem
particularly busy. Please note that the privately-owned Owl Woods remain
closed for the annual hunt this weekend but will reopen on MONDAY 9th
December. Here are the highlights of the last week:

 

TRUMPETER SWAN - there were far fewer reports this week, with a high count
of 9 from Sydenham Lake.

TUNDRA SWAN - birds are still being reported from a number of locations
though Wolfe Island and Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, are currently the best
place to see them.

HARLEQUIN DUCK - the single female at Prince Edward Point was seen only on
3rd and 4th this week.

SANDHILL CRANE - a continuing immature bird on 2nd Line, Wolfe Island, was
last seen on 30th November.

ICELAND GULL - a second year bird was seen at the ferry terminal in Kingston
on 30th.

GLAUCOUS GULL - a single bird was seen at Button Bay, Wolfe Island, on 30th.

SNOWY OWL - there were roughly 10 birds on Wolfe Island last weekend but
very few reports since (probably due to a lack of observers). Three birds
were seen on Amherst Island on 3rd.

NORTHERN SHRIKE - very few records so far this year, with birds seen this
week at Prince Edward Point, Lemoine Point, Kingston, and Amherstview.

HERMIT THRUSH - birds were seen near Murvale on 30th, Belle Park, Kingston,
on 1st, and Bur Brook Road, north of Kingston, on 3rd.

SNOW BUNTING - it was a generally poor week for this species, though flocks
of 37 and 80 were seen in the Lansdowne area on 4th.

SPOTTED TOWHEE - this star attraction (a brightly-coloured male) continued
faithfully at Prince Edward Point this week, providing great viewing for
many visitors.

EASTERN TOWHEE - a male was seen near Verona on 3rd and 4th.

COMMON GRACKLE - as many as 23 birds have been seen at Prince Edward Point
this week, with the odd Red-winged Blackbird thrown in for good measure.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 3rd
and 4th.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
<https://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KFN_sensiti
ve_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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