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Kingston Area Birds: 17th – 23rd April 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.

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We are still looking for people to survey squares in the Kingston area (and beyond – Belleville, Sharbot/Silver Lake, Bon Echo). To register and for more information, please visit https://www.birdsontario.org/. Alternatively, contact me directly.


Overall, it was a fairly quiet week with things progressing much as expected. Here are the highlights of the past week:

SURF SCOTER – up to 14 birds were seen in the vicinity of Prince Edward Point this week.

BLACK SCOTER – 8 birds were seen near Prince Edward Point on 20th.

RED-NECKED GREBE – singles were seen near Prince Edward Point on 20th and 22nd.

EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL – an early bird was at Prince Edward Point on 18th/19th.

COMMON GALLINULE – early birds were seen near Murvale on 17th, with a continuing bird at Sydenham on 19th.

SANDHILL CRANE – birds were noted at 6 locations this week, including Morven, Amherst Island, Gould Lake, Millhaven, Bedford, and Wilton.

LITTLE GULL – 2 birds were seen at Kaiser Cross Road, Prince Edward, on 17th, with 3 at Amherst Island, on 19th.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK – the main arrival is still to come but birds were noted at several locations this week.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – 1-2 birds were noted at the known breeding location of Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 18th and 21st.

BLUE-HEADED VIREO – the first of the season was photographed near Charleston Lake on 18th.

HOUSE WREN – no further reports this week.

CAROLINA WREN – a single continuing bird was noted on Old Front Road, Kingston, on 20th.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL – 2 birds came to a feeder in Kingston on 17th.

RED CROSSBILL – 6 birds were seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 17th, with 8 noted there on 23rd.

PINE SISKIN – a few birds continue to be seen in the area with 3 at Battersea on 18th, with 1-2 at Bur Brook Road on 117th and 22nd.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – there were numerous widespread sightings this week but the high count came from Verona, where 40 were seen on 18th.

PALM WARBLER – a single bird was seen at King Pitt, Kingston, on 23rd.

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER – the first of the season was reported from Landon Bay on 23rd.

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.

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