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Kingston Area Birds 11-17 June 2022

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).


The later migrants, including Willow and Alder and Flycatchers and Eastern Wood-Pewees, are now around in good numbers, as are Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Shorebird migration is definitely tailing off. A few uncommon species have been observed, though most of those are of the late-staying should-have-left-by-now variety. The only true rarities to report are a Common Eider and the continuing Tricolored Heron, now just over an hour’s drive away (albeit across an international border).

COMMON EIDER – A single bird was seen and photographed off of False Duck Island.

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 19 birds continued to at least 16 June off Long Point.

BLACK SCOTER – …with the White-winged Scoters at Long Point.

LONG-TAILED DUCK – Two at Salmon Island on 13 June.

CHUCK-WILL’S WIDOW – After eight or nine years running the lonely bachelor of Huff Road has not been reported in 2022.

PIPING PLOVER –  Up to 9 at Sandy Pond Outlet in Oswego County up to 15 June.

RUDDY TURNSTONE – One on Salmon Island on 13 June.

SANDERLING – Two on Salmon Island on 13 June.

DUNLIN – A good flock of 52 birds passed through the Bateau Channel on 14 June.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – Three at Kaiser X-Road on 13 June.

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER – 15 at Kaiser X-Road on 13 June.

BONAPARTE’S GULL – 50 birds were seen on 13 June just outside the Circle at Point Petre. One was photographed in southern Lennox & Addington County on 11 June.

LITTLE GULL – One outside the Circle at Point Petre on 11 June.

LEAST BITTERN – These cryptic herons have been seen in various spots – including Belle Park on 15 June and Camden Lake PWA on 11 June.

TRICOLORED HERON – Continued to at least 16 June – now at Perch River WMA.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – One report from Frontenac PP on 13 June.

FISH CROW – The downtown Kingston birds were observed at Barrie x Earl Street on 17 June.

TUFTED TITMOUSE – Seems to have moved on from two of the local spots but a single was found near Verona on 16 June, and one on the Howe Island Ferry Road on 14 June.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – One reported at KP on 12 June.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW –Birds apparently on territory on Wolfe Island as late as 15, and at the Odessa Alvar on 14 June.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – Seen on several occasions at the Landings golf course, on Howe Island, along Hwy 2 west of Gananoque, and in Barriefield.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – Heard by a reliable observer on Canoe Lake Road on 17 June – a very late report for this early-breeding migrant.

CERULEAN WARBLER – Birds are being seen or heard at locations along Opinicon Road and near Gananoque (Old Mill Road).

NORTHERN PARULA – A late bird was observed and heard singing on the K&P Trail south of Murton

PRAIRIE WARBLER – Continuing at the hydro cut on Jones Falls Road, and at the Fishing Lake Road NCC property.

Note: For the information of non-local birders, the typical breeding warblers within the Kingston Circle are: Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cerulean, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Pine, Prairie, Nashville, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Black-and-White, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, and Ovenbird. “Typical” does not necessarily mean “easy-to-find”, but with a bit of effort and luck these birds can be tracked down during the breeding season.

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. 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

Kingston, Ontario

Email: kaduckintransit « at » googlemail.com