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Kingston Area Birds: 11-24 September 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. 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).


It has been a great week in the area with continued migration of warblers and shorebirds but the highlights include Little Blue Heron and Western Kingbird. Here are the highlights of the past week:

RED-NECKED GREBE – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 19th.

SANDHILL CRANE – Amongst other sightings, 3 birds were noted at Florida Road, Kingston, on 23rd.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – three birds were reported at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island on 15th with a further 3 at Prince Edward Point on 23rd.

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER – a single bird was reported from Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 15th.

HUDSONIAN GODWIT – a lone bird was seen at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 19th.

STILT SANDPIPER – a single bird was present at Martin Edward Reserve, Amherst Island from 11th to 19th when it was joined by a second.

SANDERLING – fairly widespread and numerous during the period, a high of 14 was noted on Wolfe Island on 13th.

BAIRD’S SANDPIPER – A single bird was at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, from 12th to 20th, with an additional single at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on 17th.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 2 birds were present at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, throughout the period.

PARASITIC JAEGER – just outside the area, a single bird was seen off Point Petre, Prince Edward, on 13th.

LITTLE BLUE HERON (OBRC report required) – this excellent find continued from 5th – 15th at the George Merry Wetland, Kingston.

GREAT EGRET – good numbers continue at Florida Road, Kingston, where 40 were seen on 24th.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK – an immature bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 11th.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – there were several sightings of 1-2 birds at Prince Edward Point 11th – 16th.

PEREGRINE FALCON – there were numerous observations (all singles) from across the region during the period.

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 11th, Kingston on 16th, Millhaven on 22nd and Wolfe Island on 24th.

WESTERN KINGBIRD (KFN report required) – found on 9th, this bird remained until 12th on Marshall 40ft, Amherst Island.

CAROLINA WREN – all but one record (single near Gananoque on 18th) came from Prince Edward Point.

GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – there were numerous records throughout the period but a noteworthy 10 birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 18th.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – singles were reported from Amherst Island on 12th and 19th, and from Kingston on 19th.

CANADA WARBLER – a late bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 22nd.

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.

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


Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread@gmail.com