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).
We lost a great deal of the snow over the last couple of days, but a fresh fall last night brought 5-10 additional centimetres and a slick layer of ice underneath. All inland waterbodies remain frozen and Lake Ontario remains solid in the Kingston area. Several lingering local goodies continued but overall, it was another fairly quiet week. Here are the highlights of the past week:
TRUMPETER SWAN – Numbers were much lower this week (fewer observers?) with high counts of 10 at Black Rapids on 17th and 9 at Bedford Mills on 13th.
NORTHERN SHOVELER – 2 males were seen at the Invista pond, Kingston, on 12th.
NORTHERN PINTAIL – a single bird was seen at the Invista pond, Kingston, on 12th.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL – birds continue at Belle Park, Kingston, where 7 were seen on 16th.
PIED-BILLED GREBE – a single bird continued at Kingston Mills this week with another continuing bird just outside the area at Picton marina.
GLAUCOUS GULL – singles were noted at Millhaven on 14th and Dawson Point, Wolfe Island, on 17th.
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT – a continuing bird was seen at the Amherst Island ferry on several dates.
GOLDEN EAGLE – an immature bird was seen 13th-15th on Amherst Island.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – as many as 20 birds were seen on Amherst Island this week with about half that number on Wolfe Island.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – 3 birds were reported this week from Howe Island, Balsam Grove, Kingston, and Bath.
GYRFALCON – a single grey bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 13th.
PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen in downtown Kingston on several dates this week with another on Amherst Island on 13th.
NORTHERN SHRIKE – there were 6 birds reported this week.
HORNED LARK – Poor numbers this week, with a max of 5 on Wolfe Island on 13th.
CAROLINA WREN – a single bird continued at Ravensview, being seen on 18th, with another at Collins Bay on 14th, both Kingston.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston on 13th and 16th.
HERMIT THRUSH – at least 4 birds were reported this week.
EVENING GROSBEAK – 15 birds continued in the Verona area this week.
PINE GROSBEAK – no reports.
COMMON REDPOLL – there were just 4 reports, with a high of 3 at Old Front Road, Kingston, on 15th. All other records were singles.
PINE SISKIN – there has been a slight increase in the number of birds being seen, but nothing exceptional.
SNOW BUNTING – Both Wolfe Island and Amherst Island shared the high count of 500 birds this week.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 4 birds continue at Gananoque, with 1-2 in the Arbour Ridge area, Kingston, and 1 near Millhaven.
SWAMP SPARROW – 1-2 birds continued at Little Cataraqui Creek, Kingston, this week.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD – as many as 15 birds again continued in the vicinity of Prince Edward Point this week, with 1 seen at Little Cataraqui Creek CA, Kingston, 12th.
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER – 2 different birds were seen in the vicinity of Odessa, on 14th and 16th.
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