[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 28th December 2019 - 3rd January 2020

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 3 15:44:54 EST 2020

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.



It was another good week in the area with a mix of interesting sightings,
including the continuing Spotted Towhee at Prince Edward Point. The weather
was mainly mild with inland waterbodies remaining mainly frozen. Lake
Ontario, on the other hand,  is mainly open. Here are the highlights of the
last week:


GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - the adult bird, reported last week at Button
Bay, Wolfe Island, was seen again on 28th and 29th.

CACKLING GOOSE - a single bird was seen at Button Bay, Wolfe Island, on

TRUMPETER SWAN - this week's high count again came from Bedford Mills where
62 (matching last week's high) were seen on 28th.

NORTHERN SHOVELER - the male first seen a couple of weeks ago at Hillview
Pond, Kingston, was seen again at that location on 2nd.

CANVASBACK - as many as 8 birds have been seen from 1st - 3rd at Cataraqui
Bay, Kingston.

PIED-BILLED GREBE - an unconfirmed report of a breeding-plumaged bird came
from Amherst Island today (3rd).

HORNED GREBE - two birds have been seen on the way to Prince Edward Point
from 1st - 3rd with another seen on Amherst Island today.

GLAUCOUS GULL - the only report this week was of a single bird at Violet
Dump on 1st.

COMMON LOON - 2 birds were seen at Collin's Bay, Kingston, on 1st, with
another at the Wolfe Island ferry on 3rd. At least 1, possibly more, was
seen on today's CBC on Amherst Island.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - there were more reports this week than last (11 vs 4)
but this species is not proving easy to track down this year.

SNOWY OWL - the holiday period brought more visitors to the islands but high
counts are down with maxima of 5 on Wolfe Island on 2nd and 4 on Amherst on

NORTHERN SHRIKE - singles were observed at Prince Edward Point on 1st and
3rd and in Kingston on 2nd.

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - 2 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 28th.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - the 2 birds found at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour,
Kingston, on 11th December 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 29th.

SNOW BUNTING/LAPLAND LONSPUR - no reports this week.

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 2020 listers.

COMMON GRACKLE - as many as 15 birds were seen at Prince Edward Point this


In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
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 D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email:  <mailto:markdread at gmail.com> markdread at gmail.com

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