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 (along with a couple of days, way below) 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 mainly open though the Wolfe Island crossing is freezing up. Things are now very much status quo, though a few lingering local goodies remain. Here are the highlights of the past week:
CACKLING GOOSE – 2 birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 10th, with 1 at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 13th.
TRUMPETER SWAN – numbers are building now that the waterways are freezing up. High counts came from Lower Brewers where 53 were seen on 11th and Chaffey’s Locks where 93 were present on 12th.
TUNDRA SWAN – not surprisingly, numbers have dropped back, with a high of 10 at Cressy, Prince Edward, on 8th, and 8 on Wolfe Island on 10th.
NORTHERN PINTAIL – 2 birds were seen o Wolfe Island on 10th.
ICELAND GULL – 1-2 birds were seen at Lansdowne on 8th-10th, with 2 at Prince Edward Point on 9th.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – an adult was seen at Lansdowne on 8th.
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1-2 birds were reported from Lansdowne on 9th-10th, with a single at Prince Edward Point 13th-14th.
COMMON LOON – a single bird was seen at Collin’s Bay, Kingston, on 9th.
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT – 3 birds were seen at Gray’s Lookout, Gananoque on 8th, with a single on Lafarge, Bath Road on 12th.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – Amherst and Wolfe Islands both have fairly good numbers this year though Amherst continues to have higher one-day totals.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – 3 birds continue in Kingston with another continuing on Howe Island. A 5th bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 8th.
PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen in downtown Kingston, Gananoque, Amherst Island, and Prince Edward Point.
NORTHERN SHRIKE – the 5 birds seen this week came from wide-ranging locations.
TUFTED TITMOUSE – 2 birds were seen near Ivy Lea on 13th.
HORNED LARK – 1 bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 8th – and that’s it!
CAROLINA WREN – a single bird continued at Marshland’s CA, Kingston from 12th-14th.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, 10th-14th, with another individual at Bath on 14th.
HERMIT THRUSH – 4 birds were reported this week.
EVENING GROSBEAK – birds continued at Verona, where 15 were seen on 14th.
PINE GROSBEAK – 4 birds were photographed at Bedford Mills on 10th.
COMMON REDPOLL – the only report this week was of 8 birds at Moscow on 2nd.
PINE SISKIN – a single bird was seen at Bur Brook Road, Kingston on 10th-11th.
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – no reports.
SNOW BUNTING – Wolfe Island had the majority of birds with a high of over 300 on 8th.
FIELD SPARROW – a single bird was photographed at Perth Road Village on 10th.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – singles continued at Gananoque and Arbor Ridge, Kingston, this week.
SWAMP SPARROW – a single bird was seen at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston, on 14th.
EASTERN TOWHEE – a male was seen at Point Peninsula WMA, NY, on 14th.
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER – a single was seen near Waupoos on 8th, 3 were at Prince Edward Point on 13th, and 2 were seen at Parrott’s Bay on 14th.
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