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Birds of the Kingston Region, 2nd edition, 2008, 611pp
by Ron D. Weir

Read a review by Roy John, with input from John Cartwright, published in The Canadian Field-Naturalist.

The 2nd edition of The Birds of the Kingston Region is completely revised from the original version that appeared in 1989. The new work includes an analysis of all the KFN records since 1948, of which over 500,000 are new since 1988. The species accounts number 371, which is an increase from the 343 species known in 1988, and include average arrival and departure dates for the migrants and breeding species and their earliest and latest known dates of occurrence. Egg dates and brood dates are provided for the 192 species that have been confirmed breeding in the Kingston area. Dr. Martin Edwards has written the Foreword.

There are 19 appendices that contain tabulated information, easily read. Among the appendices are the updated official Checklist of the Birds of the Kingston Region, the summary table showing the average arrival and departure dates based on calculations for up to 60 years of records, the results from the several local Christmas Counts and Midwinter Waterfowl survey results since 1988. For the first time are provided the estimated number of pairs of flycatchers, vireos, swallows, wrens, thrushes, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds that nest in our area, each ranked within its own family in separate appendices to make for easy reading. Also for the first time is presented a summary from some of the surveys from the nighttime counts of migrant songbirds over one station in Kingston.

A special appendix has been prepared by Dr. D.V. Weseloh (Canadian Wildlife Service) in which he has provided a summary of the current status of the colonial water birds in our region that incorporates survey findings unpublished to date.

Within the Literature Cited, there are about 461 references provided, of which 172 have been published since 1988. The text is supported by two indices, one that contains the English and Latin names and the second French to English names. The second index has been included to help the increasing numbers of birders from Quebec who travel to Kingston to see the birds.

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