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. Species
underlined 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).
Temperatures are now more typical of the winter months though snow cover
remains minimal in most areas. Inland waterbodies are frozen and some of the
island bays are starting to freeze over. Lake Ontario remains open. A
belated report of a male Tufted Duck on 31st December in Kingston had folks
out on 3rd but unfortunately it was not relocated. Here are the highlights
of the past week:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - the adult bird found on Wolfe Island on 8th
Dec was last seen on 2nd Jan.
CACKLING GOOSE - 5 birds were seen at Bath on 1st with a single bird noted
at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston to 4th.
TRUMPETER SWAN - numbers seem slow to build this year but Chaffey's Locks
had 26 on 4th, with Bedford Mills holding 33 the same day.
TUNDRA SWAN - numbers are decreasing but 14 were seen on Howe Island on 1st,
with 27 at Invista, Kingston, on 4th.
NORTHERN SHOVELER - a lone bird was seen at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 3rd.
NORTHERN PINTAIL - 3-4 birds continued on Wolfe Island into the period with
a single also reported almost daily from Cataraqui Bay/Invista, Kingston.
TUFTED DUCK (OBRC report required) - a male was photographed at Cataraqui
Bay, Kingston on 31st.
ICELAND GULL - singles were seen at Collin's Bay, Kingston, on 2nd and
Lansdowne on 5th.
GLAUCOUS GULL - birds were reported from Bath, Cataraqui Bay, and Kingston's
inner harbour this week.
COMMON LOON - with Lake Ontario still open, some individuals are still being
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - 3 birds were seen at Gray's Lookout, Gananoque on
1st with a single on Amherst Island on 3rd and 1 at the Glenora ferry
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - Amherst and Wolfe Islands both have fairly good numbers
this year though Amherst has consistently higher one-day totals.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - single reports came from 3 distinct locations in
Kingston, and 1 at Gosport.
PEREGRINE FALCON - singles were seen in downtown Kingston on several
occasions, with an additional record from Prince Edward Point.
NORTHERN SHRIKE - this species seems to be fairly well represented across
the area this winter.
HORNED LARK - this has been a tricky species to pin down so far this season.
This past week saw just 2 birds reported on Wolfe and 5 on Amherst.
CAROLINA WREN - birds were noted at 4 locations in the Kington area this
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - a single bird was seen at Bath on 2nd.
HERMIT THRUSH - amongst other reports, 3 birds continue at Lemoine Point CA,
EVENING GROSBEAK - birds were seen at Verona, Parrott's Bay and Inverary
PINE GROSBEAK - 4 birds were seen at Verona on 4th.
COMMON REDPOLL - the only report this week was of 8 birds at Moscow on 2nd.
PINE SISKIN - 3 birds were reported in Kingston on 2nd and 16 at Moscow the
LAPLAND LONGSPUR - singles were seen on Wolfe Island on 2nd and 4th, with 2
at Lansdowne on 5th.
SNOW BUNTING - Wolfe and Amherst have the majority of birds but counts are
still low with a high of 150 on Wolfe on 2nd.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - 2 birds continue at Millhaven, with singles at 2
locations in Kingston.
SAVANNAH SPARROW - a single bird was photographed at Camden Lake on 6th.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD - 2 birds were seen at Little Cataraqui Creek CA, Kingston,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - this species remains fairly widespread.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the
ve_sightings_policy.pdf> KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy. 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.
Mark D. Read
337 Button Bay Road,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
ve-species-in-ebird> eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species