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 reported.
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 3rd-5th.
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 week.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a single bird was seen at Bath on 2nd.
HERMIT THRUSH – amongst other reports, 3 birds continue at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston.
EVENING GROSBEAK – birds were seen at Verona, Parrott’s Bay and Inverary this week.
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 same day.
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, on 5th.
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 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