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Kingston Area Birds: 15th – 22nd May 2021

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.


General migration continued as expected, but a few goodies showed up outside the area including the returning Chuck-will’s-Widow, and a Snowy Egret, with Hooded Warblers at Prince Edward Point. Here are the highlights of the past week:

BRANT – good numbers have been moving through the area since 12th, with a high of 1700 seen at the single location of Verona on 20th.

SURF SCOTER – all records came from the vicinity of Prince Edward Point were 20 were seen on 16th.

BLACK SCOTER – as above, all records from the Prince Edward Point area with a high of 28 on 17th.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO – the first bird showed up at Verona on 16th.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO – the first birds were seen at Prince Edward Point and Charleston Lake on 16th.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK – the first bird showed up in Kingston’s north end on 18th.

CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW – outside the area at Hill Top Road, Prince Edward, the individual that first showed up in 2014 was back and on show from 15th onwards.

WHIMBREL – single birds were present on Amherst Island 17th – 19th.

RUDDY TURNSTONE – 4 birds were photographed on the privately-owned Snake Island, Kingston, on 21st.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – a single bird was at Kaiser Cross Road, Prince Edward, on 22nd.

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER – the first was seen on Wolfe Island on 15th.

WILSON’S PHALAROPE – as many as 12 birds were present at the known breeding location of Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, this week.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – a 3rd-year bird was seen at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe island, on 16th.

RED-THROATED LOON – singles were seen at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 20th, and at Prince Edward Point on 21st.

SNOWY EGRET – outside the area at Charwell Point, Prince Edward, a single bird was seen and photographed on 17th.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – singles were noted at Verona on 15th and Prince Edward Point on 20th.

PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen at Bath, Landon Bay, Amherst Island, Lansdowne, and Charleston Lake this week.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – one or two singles were seen on Amherst Island on 22nd.

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – the first was seen at Prince Edward Point on 17th.


TUFTED TITMOUSE – a single bird was seen at Landon Bay on 19th.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER – singles were seen almost daily at Prince Edward Point this week.

CAROLINA WREN – birds were noted at Gananoque, Kingston, and Ravensview this week, with breeding confirmed at Gananoque.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a single was seen on Amherst Island on 15th.

GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – the first was noted at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 16th.

EVENING GROSBEAK – most of the reports came from Prince Edward Point this week but 7 were seen on Amherst Island on 16th.

RED CROSSBILL – single birds were seen at Bedford Mills on 16th and Bur Brook Road, Kingston, on 17th.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – there continue to be several reports from a number of locations this week.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – there was a single report from Canoe Lake Road this week when one was heard on 16th.

HOODED WARBLER – birds were seen and heard at Prince Edward Point on 21st and 22nd.

PRAIRIE WARBLER – in an exceptional year so far, 5 birds were noted at Fishing Lake Road on 16th, in Kingston on 18th, and at Verona on 20th.

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the 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.

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