Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintain records in a 50km radius of MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their sightings with ‘Kingston FN’. Alternatively, please email records directly to me – contact details below. Please note that some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise. Species 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).
A slow week for interesting birds, though reports of returning shorebirds along the Ottawa River, including a Curlew Sandpiper on 20 June at the Alfred Lagoons, Prescott and Russell, mean birders should keep checking likely shorebird spots.
Here are the highlights of the last week:
SNOW GOOSE – A lone bird was observed in a flyover flock of Canadas on Massassauga Road (west) on 20 June.
SURF SCOTER – One seen and photographed near the White-winged Scoters on 24 June is the first June record for this species in Prince Edward County.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – a small flock of migration-denying birds is still hanging around Prince Edward Point.
BLACK SCOTER – one late bird was seen on 16 June off Prince Edward Point.
LEAST BITTERN – One bird was photographed at Moscow Marsh
TRICOLORED HERON – This rarity continued at Perch River WMA in Jefferson County, NY, up to 24 June.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – One at a traditional nest site near 4667 Florida Road was observed several times over the week, another was seen at Bob’s Lake Campground near Tichborne on 19 June.
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – Though they can be difficult to find, a recent survey connected to the recovery programme found at least 12 birds in the area of the Napanee Plain.
FISH CROW – the downtown Kingston pair were spotted several times this week in the vicinity of Barrie at Earl Streets.
TUFTED TITMOUSE – One bird was recorded in Atlas square 18TUQ62 (Verona area).
ORCHARD ORIOLE –Continuing birds were observed on 17 June near 16 Drummond St in Barriefield, and at the Landings Golf Course/Lemoine Point CA up to 23 June. Two were at the Invista Property on 20 June – note that access to this site is restricted to card-carrying members of the KFN. Another long-staying bird was photographed near Willowbank (west of Gananoque) on the 24th.
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – One bird was singing on Canoe Lake Road as late as 17 June.
NORTHERN PARULA – One was observed on the Newburgh to Camden East section of the Cataraqui Trail on 20 June. A few others have been reported from L&A and Frontenac Counties, albeit outside of the Kingston Circle.
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.
N. Anthony Kaduck
Email: kaduckintransit « at » googlemail.com