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Kingston Area Birds: 1st – 7th May 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.

Reminder re Amherstview Sewage Lagoons:

Access to the lagoons is restricted to card-carrying members of KFN only. Several people were evicted from the site a couple of weeks ago for not carrying their cards. To ensure continued access, please make sure to keep your membership with you at all times.


Things picked up in terms of general migration, as well as for rarities to the area. Biggies this week included Yellow-throated Warbler at Prince Edward Point, Hooded Warbler in Kingston, Snowy Egret near Waupoos, and Fish Crow in Amherstview. Species underlined in bold type require completion of a rare bird report available on the KFN website or directly from me. Here are the highlights of the past week:

SURF SCOTER – all records came from the vicinity of Prince Edward Point were 23 were seen on 7th.

BLACK SCOTER – Good numbers were reported near Prince Edward Point this week with a high count of 27 seen on 7th.

CHIMNEY SWIFT – the first sighting of the season was from Prince Edward Point on 2nd.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – the first bird was seen at Bedford Mills on 2nd.

SANDHILL CRANE – there were several observations this week including birds at Marshlands CA, Kingston, Parham, Prince Edward Point, Moscow Marsh, and Opinicon Road.

LEAST SANDPIPER – the first bird of the season was seen at Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 6th.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER – the first was seen near Sydenham on 1st.

LITTLE GULL – two birds were seen on Amherst Island on 1st with 1 still there the next day.

SNOWY EGRET – a bird reported from the Waupoos area on 2nd will, if accepted, be just the 3rd record in the last 20 years.

GOLDEN EAGLE – an adult was seen near Amherstview on 7th.

PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen on Amherst Island on 2nd, at Wartman-Patterson Park, Kingston, on 3rd and at Lansdowne on 6th.

EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE – 2 birds were reported from Sydenham on 7th.

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – the first of the season was seen near Berryton on 3rd.

WARBLING VIREO – it would appear the first birds were seen on 2nd, becoming very widespread over the week.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – 4 birds were seen at the known breeding location of Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 2nd with 3 seen there on 4th.

FISH CROW – a single was reported from Belle Park on 4th with another at Amherstview on 7th. With numerous reports from across the border at Derby Hill this spring, it would appear that the spread of this species continues.

CAROLINA WREN – 2 continuing birds were noted on Old Front Road, Kingston, from 2nd to 4th with a single at Ravensview on 5th.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a single bird was seen on Wolfe Island on 2nd, with 2 reported there on 5th. Another was seen at ‘Prince Edward’ on 5th.

EVENING GROSBEAK – there were widespread sightings of this species across the area this week – far too many to mention individually.

RED CROSSBILL – singles were seen at Bur Brook Road, Kingston, on 6th, with 12 at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 5th and 2 in the Reddendale area of Kingston on 2nd.

SNOW BUNTING – there was an unusually late report of 2 birds at Prince Edward Point on 5th.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW – 2 birds were already back on Wolfe Island on 2nd.

CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW – the first of the year was seen in Kingston on 3rd.

BOBOLINK – birds were reported from a number of locations on 2nd, with reports picking up as the week progressed.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – singles were seen at Prince Edward Point on 2nd and 5th; with others on Amherst Island on 3rd; and Wolfe Island on 7th.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE – there were several reports on 2nd with the species becoming very widespread as the week progressed.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER – the first was seen at Prince Edward Point on 3rd.

BLUE-WINGED WARBLER – the first report came from Prince Edward Point on 5th.

HOODED WARBLER – a beautiful male was photographed at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston, on 3rd.

AMERICAN REDSTART – the first was seen at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston, on 2nd.

NORTHERN PARULA – the first birds were seen at Bedford Mills and Prince Edward Point on 2nd.

MAGNOLIA – the first birds were seen in Kingston and at Prince Edward Point on 2nd.

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER – the first birds were seen at Charleston Lake and Prince Edward Point on 2nd.

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER – the 4th record in the last 10 years (6th in 20) was seen well at Prince Edward Point on 2nd.

SCARLET TANAGER – the first of the year was seen at Prince Edward Point on 3rd.

INDIGO BUNTING – the first, a female, was seen near Woodburn on 3rd.

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