[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 7th - 13th December 2019

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 18:55:22 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 another slow week in the area though the Spotted Towhee continued to
draw visitors. Flip-flopping temperatures with snow squalls, then rain have
both birders and birds somewhat confused. Here are the highlights of the
last week:

 

TRUMPETER SWAN - thirty four birds were seen at Chaffey's Locks on 8th.

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

GREEN-WINGED TEAL - 2 male birds were seen in Sydenham today (13th).

HARLEQUIN DUCK - two female birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 11th.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK - an adult bird was seen near Gananoque today (13th).

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - this is not looking like a favourable year for this
species with just 2 birds seen this week, 1 near Verona on 9th and 1 on
Wolfe Island on 11th.

SNOWY OWL - it's hard to get a handle on the numbers this year, with birds
moving around/through. Ten birds were counted across Wolfe Island on 11th.
Three birds were seen on Amherst Island on 7th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE - there was just 1 record this week from Prince Edward Point
on 12th.

TUFTED TITMOUSE - a single bird was seen near Tar Island (1000 Islands)
today.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - 2 birds were seen at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour,
Kingston, on 11th and 13th.

SNOW BUNTING - it was a better week for this species (enjoying the snow no
doubt) with better numbers (max 75) seen mainly on Wolfe and Amherst
Islands.

SPOTTED TOWHEE - this long-staying, brightly-coloured, male continued to be
seen at Prince Edward Point this week, though was at times somewhat elusive.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - singles were seen at Prince Edward Point on 7th and
Gananoque on 10th.

COMMON GRACKLE - 1-2 birds continued almost daily at Prince Edward Point
this week, with others noted at Button Bay, Wolfe Island on 7th and 8th, and
Glenburnie on 

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - a single bird was seen on Bur Brook Road, north of
Kingston, on 11th, with as many as 9 in the general area of Prince Edward
Point over the week.

PALM WARBLER - a nice winter find, a single bird was seen at Portsmouth
Olympic Harbour on 12th.

 

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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