[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 20th December 2019

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sun Dec 22 09:47:29 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:

Sorry for the late report - 'tis the season of Christmas Bird Counts. It was
a pretty good week in the area with a mix of interesting sightings. The
Spotted Towhee continues to draw visitors. A very cold snap at the end of
the week, has frozen all inland waterbodies, and Lake Ontario between
Kingston and Wolfe Island is starting to also freeze over. Here are the
highlights of the last week:

 

TRUMPETER SWAN - the cold snap has finally started to concentrate our winter
species with an impressive 67 birds seen at Chaffey's Locks on 19th.

TUNDRA SWAN - birds are still being reported (though in lower numbers) from
a number of locations. Wolfe Island remains the best place to see them.

NORTHERN SHOVELER - a male was seen at Hillview Pond, Kingston on 17th.

NORTHERN PINTAIL - 2 birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 14th.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL - 2 male birds were seen in Sydenham on 16th with at least
one still there on 20th.

ICELAND GULL - 2 birds were seen at Verona dump on 15th, with another at Big
Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island, the same day.

GLAUCOUS GULL - an immature bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 14th and
16th.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - there were no reports this week.

SNOWY OWL - it remains difficult to calculate the number of birds in the
area but 13 were tallied on 15th during the Kingston CBC. Three birds were
seen on Amherst Island on 16th.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - a female bird was seen near Brewer's Mills on
16th.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - 3 birds were seen at Frontenac Provincial Park on
14th.

GYRFALCON - a grey bird was photographed on the ice of Cataraqui Bay,
Kingston, on 18th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE - 4 different birds were seen this week, at Amherst Island,
Prince Edward Point, Verona, and Gananoque.

GRAY CATBIRD - a single bird was seen near Crosby on 19th.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - the 2 birds found at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour,
Kingston, on 11th continued all week along the fence line with Kingston
Penitentiary.

HERMIT THRUSH - a single bird was seen on Bur Brook Road, north of Kingston
on 15th and 16th.

SNOW BUNTING - it was an OK week for this species (enjoying the cold no
doubt) but the highest count of just 80 came from Wolfe Island on 14th.

CHIPPING SPARROW - 2 birds were reported from Marshlands CA, Kingston, on
19th.

SWAMP SPARROW - a lone bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 19th.

SPOTTED TOWHEE - this long-staying, brightly-coloured, male continued to be
seen at Prince Edward Point this week, and has now been seen by many
appreciative observers. Let's hope it continues into the new year.

EASTERN MEADOWLARK - a single bird was seen on Amherst Island, on 17th.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - birds were seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 15th,
Adolphustown on 15th when 20 were seen, Prince Edward Point on 16th, and
Ellisville on 18th.

COMMON GRACKLE - a single bird was seen at Gananoque on 14th, with up to 10
birds at Prince Edward Point over the week. Another single bird has been
present at Glenburnie over the week. 

PALM WARBLER - this bird was seen from 12th - 14th at Portsmouth Olympic
Harbour but has not been seen since.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - singles were seen at Prince Edward Point on 14th and
16th.

 

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

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