[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 29th February - 6th March 2020

markdread at gmail.com markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 15:15:04 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.

 

Highlights:

It was a good week in the area with a mix of interesting sightings,
including the continuing Spotted Towhee at Prince Edward Point, and the
arrival of early migrants. The weather has been mild with temperatures above
average. Lake Ontario is once again open (though it never really froze this
year), and many bays, waterways, and inland lakes are beginning to also open
up. Here are the highlights of the last week:

 

SNOW GOOSE - Today marked the arrival of this species with sightings from
Wolfe Island, Kingston and Joyceville. The largest flock so far is one of
approximately 600 near Joyceville. As an aside approximately 100,000 birds
returned to Montezuma, NY, about a week ago.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - an adult bird was a great find at Lower
Brewers Mills on 4th and 5th.

TRUMPETER SWAN - there were lower numbers this week, though a high count of
40 at Lower Brewers Mills on 1st is still very respectable.

NORTHERN PINTAIL - singles were seen at Invista, Kingston, on 29th February,
and at the Wolfe Island ferry dock on 1st March.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL - single males were seen at Chelsea Road, Kingston, on
1st, and at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 5th and 6th.

CANVASBACK - singles were seen at Invista, Kingston, on 3rd, and on Wolfe
Island on 4th.

TURKEY VULTURE - there were several reports of singles this week but the
main migration is yet to come.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK - an adult was present on 3rd-4th at a property near
Verona.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - High counts this week included 2 birds on Amherst Island
and another 2 on Wolfe Island, both on 4th.

SNOWY OWL - in line with updated OFO/ONTBirds policy I will no longer be
reporting the status of this species.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - a single bird was seen at Marshlands CA,
Kingston, on 1st.

PEREGRINE FALCON - Kingston resident downtown bird was seen on 4th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE - singles were seen on Amherst Island on 29th February,
Invista (Kingston) on 1st March, and Wolfe Island on 5th March.

TUFTED TITMOUSE - a continuing bird on the eastern access road to Howe
Island was seen on 29th February and 4th March.

HORNED LARK - always an early migrant, this species is now being seen far
more frequently with 21 seen on Wolfe Island on 1st.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - the 2 birds found at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour,
Kingston, back in December were seen on 3rd but presumedly continued all
week along the fence line with Kingston Penitentiary.

HERMIT THRUSH - a single (continuing) bird was seen at Prince Edward Point
on 5th.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - a single bird was seen in with Snow Buntings at Button
Bay, Wolfe Island, on 29th February.

SNOW BUNTING - one thousand birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 1st but there
have been no reports at all since that time.

SAVANNAH SPARROW - a lone bird was seen near Napanee on 1st.

SPOTTED TOWHEE - this long-staying celebrity continued to be seen at Prince
Edward Point all week.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD/COMMON GRACKLE - blackbirds arrived about a week ago
and have been slowly increasing in numbers across the area. Grackles are
still thin on the ground with the first noted on Wolfe Island on 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

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