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Kingston Area Birds: 15-21 January 2022

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’s been a very cold week, with a big dumping of snow on Monday that continues to date. Inland waterbodies are frozen and the island bays are pretty solid too. Ferry crossings are now frozen and the lake is beginning to freeze over. Several lingering local goodies remain but Gyrfalcon and American Bittern were highlights for a couple of lucky observers. 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 –Chaffey’s Locks is the place to be – 133 were seen there on 18th.

TUNDRA SWAN – 31 birds were noted on Wolfe Island on 20th.

NORTHERN PINTAIL – 3 birds were seen at the Invista pond, Kingston, on 20th.

BLACK SCOTER – a female was seen at Horne’s Ferry, Wolfe Island, on 20th.

ICELAND GULL – an adult was seen from the Wolfe Island ferry on 16th.

GLAUCOUS GULL – an immature bird was seen at Lansdowne on 16th with an adult at the same location on 19th.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT – a single bird was seen at Ivy Lea on 20th.

AMERICAN BITTERN – quite the surprise, a lone bird was photographed just outside the area at South Bay, Prince Edward, on 19th.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – Amherst and Wolfe Islands both have fairly good numbers this year though totals have dropped a bit this week.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – 5 birds continue in general Kingston area – it’s quite the year for them.

GYRFALCON – a grey, presumed immature bird, was seen on Wolfe Island on 18th but not since.

PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen in downtown and the west end of Kingston this week. A further bird was seen on Wolfe Island 18th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE – the 5 birds seen this week came from wide-ranging locations including Wolfe and Amherst Islands.

HORNED LARK – 4 birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 18th, with 6 at Fairfax Road, Lansdowne, on 19th.

CAROLINA WREN birds continued at Marshlands CA and Ravensview, Kingston, with another at Bateau Lane on 18th.

GREY CATBIRD – the Marshlands CA, Kingston bird was seen on 16th and 18th.

BROWN THRASHER – a continuing bird was seen on Opinicon Road on 20th.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, 16th-19th, with another individual at Bath on 16th.

HERMIT THRUSH – at least 8 birds were reported this week.

EVENING GROSBEAK – birds continued at Verona, where 13 were seen on 21st.

COMMON REDPOLL – only 2 reports were received – 5 birds on Amherst Island on 18th and 2 at Yarker on 15th.

PINE SISKIN – 7 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 18th.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1-2 birds were seen on Wolfe Island this week, with 2 at Fairfax Road, Lansdowne, on 19th.

SNOW BUNTING – Wolfe Island had the majority of birds this week, though 400 were seen on Fairfax Road, Lansdowne, on 18th.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – as many as 6 birds were seen at Arbor Ridge, Kingston, this week, with 1-2 at Gananoque.

SWAMP SPARROW – a single bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 18th.

EASTERN TOWHEE – a lone bird was seen at Parrott’s Bay, 17th-20th.

COMMON GRACKLE – singles were seen at Marble Rock 19th-20th and at Ivy Lea on 20th.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER – singles were seen at Hay Bay and Bur Brook Road, both on 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,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0


Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread@gmail.com