Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintain records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with ‘Kingston FN’. Alternatively, please email records directly
to me – contact details below. Please note that some sightings may require
review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise. Species in bold type
require completion of a rare bird report available on the KFN website or
directly from me. If indicated, an OBRC report may be required instead (
http://www.ofo.ca/site/Obrcreport). Some iPhone users report that bold type
may be replaced by asterisks.
Participants in the last of the season’s Christmas Bird Counts on Amherst
Island found that the pre-Christmas dearth of winter ducks and geese was
continuing. This winter we are seeing Red-breasted Merganser, for example,
in fives and tens instead of the hundreds that we might normally expect.
Let’s hope this is just seasonal variation instead of something more
sinister. On the plus side, the bird of the week was the Horned Grebe,
which was seen in considerable numbers despite the late date.
This report will be paused for the next couple of weeks while your humble
correspondent seeks birds in a more southerly location.
SNOW GOOSE – 1 was seen on the prison farm fields, Kingston, on 2 January.
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 at Grass Creek Park on 31 December.
NORTHERN PINTAIL – two on Button Bay Road, Wolfe Island on 31 December;
four at the Cape Vincent Ferry dock on the 1st; one at Nut Island Hunting
Club (private), on 2 December; and two at Cataraqui Bay from 2-4 January.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL – One at Nut Island Hunting Club (private) on 2 January;
and the usual pack of 6 at Belle Park on the 5th and 6th.
CANVASBACK – 1 was seen from Waupoos Marina, Prince Edward County (PEC) on
January 1st; and were in Cataraqui Bay from 1-6 January; and up to 5 were
off Centennial Park and Beach in Bath from 4-5 January.
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE – 1 possible female was reported on Cataraqui Bay on 4
RUDDY DUCK – three were seen at Grass Creek Park on the 3rd; and up to 2
were off Centennial Park and Beach, Bath, from 3-5 January.
HORNED GREBE – Long Point Road and Gravelly Bay Road: 6 on 31 December, 16
on 1 January, and one on 5 January; up to three were seen from Cressy
Peninsula/Prince Edward Point NWA on the 1- 5 January; 3 were at Escape of
the Royal George on the 1st; 6 were seen from Amherst Island CBC Route 1
(South Shore Road east), on the 2nd; 2 were seen from Loyalist Parkway west
of Bath, on 2 January; 4 were at Nut Island Hunting Club (private) on the
2nd; one was seen from the Invista Property (restricted access), also on 2
January; one was observed from Rotary Park Dog Park, Kingston, on the 3rd;
and one was seen from Island View Park, Amherstview, on the 4th.
RED-NECKED GREBE – 1-2 were at the Millhaven ferry dock from 1-5 January.
RED-THROATED LOON – 1 was seen off Lemoine Point CA on 1 January; and one
from Centennial Park and Beach, Bath, on the 3rd.
COMMON LOON – three sightings of single birds on 1 January: just inside the
circle at Short Point Rd., Leeds and Grenville; Prince Edward Point NWA,
and from the Lafarge Cement Plant, Loyalist Parkway. Singles were also seen
from the Amherst Island Ferry and the Invista Property (restricted access)
on the 2nd. Six birds were off Lemoine Point on three January, and two from
Escape of the Royal George on the 4th. One was seen from Heritage Point and
waterfront, Bath on the 5th; and another (or possibly the same bird) was
viewed from the former C-I-L Factory near Millhaven on the 5th.
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT – up to seven were seen from Cressy Bayside Rd,
PEC, on 31 December and 1 January; 1 was noted from the Wolfe Island Ferry
on the 2nd; one was at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour from 2-3 January; three
were seen at Kingston Mills on the 4th; along with one at the Gananoque
Waterfront on the 5th.
NORTHERN GOSHAWK – one was observed from the Nut Island Hunting Club
(private) on 2 January; and another over Belle Park (South Bay) on the 5th.
TUFTED TITMOUSE – the continuing bird on Chelsea Road, Kingston… continued.
Best seen between 2:15-3PM on the feeders by the driveway.
CAROLINA WREN – one was found at Camden East on 3 January.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – one bird was seen throughout the week at the coast
guard building, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.
EASTERN BLUEBIRD – eight were seen along the Adolphustown--Bayshore Road
Loop on 1 January; and nine were on Fred Brown Road south of Camden East on
RED CROSSBILL – a single flyover bird was spotted from Prince Edward Point
NWA on 2 January.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – a single bird continued all week at a home west of
SWAMP SPARROW – two birds were detected at Big Sandy Bay Management Area,
Wolfe Island, on 2 January.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – up to six birds were at feeders at Long Point Road
and Gravelly Bay Road, PEC, from 1-4 January; a single hung around 1726
Bur Brook Road from 2-4 January; three continued at 5545 Perth Rd.
Crescent; two were found along 3rd Line, Wolfe Island on the 2nd; and four
were seen on Thompson Crescent, Kingston, on the 3rd.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD – one was seen again on the feeders at Long Point Road and
Gravelly Bay Road on the 2nd.
COMMON GRACKLE – up to six continued on the feeders at Long Point Road and
Gravelly Bay Road, PEC, up to 3 January; one was seen on the Marshall 40
Foot, Amherst Island, on the 1st.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
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. Permits are being checked
on a regular basis at Amherstview and those without are being evicted. KFN
members wishing to enter the Invista property must enter through the west
gate and show their membership card to security.
As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.
N. Anthony Kaduck
Email: kaduckintransit « at » googlemail.com
"The simple step of a simple courageous man is not to partake in falsehood,
not to support false actions" -- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn