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Kingston Area Birds: 20-26 November 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. 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).

SPECIAL NOTE: The Owl Woods (Amherst Island) is now closed through to December 5. Thank you for your patience and please respect the wishes of the Lauret family who own the property and have allowed us to enjoy this treasure for many years.


Temperatures fluctuated again this week but it would appear that the overdue colder temperatures (and light snow) have finally arrived. On the whole, it was another quiet week, with lingering icterids and sparrows at a number of locations. Here are the highlights of the past week:

TRUMPETER SWAN – it was another quiet week for this species with a high of 25 just north of the area at Westport on 24th.

TUNDRA SWAN – this week it was Amherst Island with the high count – 42 birds were seen there on 21st.

NORTHERN SHOVELER – as many as 9 birds continued at Belle Park, Kingston, this week, with an additional 2 at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on 24th.

CANVASBACK – not common in the area, 12 birds were seen at Bayfield Bay, Wolfe Island, on 23rd.

SURF SCOTER – Prince Edward Point had 1 bird on 26th.

RUDDY DUCK – as many as 7 birds were seen at Belle Park, Kingston, this week with 3 at Bayfield Bay, Wolfe Island, on 23rd.

SANDHILL CRANE – birds continued just outside of the area at Forfar to 20th when 62 were seen. The only other record was of 2 near Millhaven on 23rd.

ICELAND GULL – a single was seen at Prince Edward Point on 23rd.

GLAUCOUS GULL – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 23rd.

GOLDEN EAGLE – an immature bird was photographed on Amherst Island on 21st.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK – a single bird was seen near Yarker on 23rd.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK – 2 birds were photographed at Prince Edward Point on 22nd.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – all but one report came from Amherst Island were 19 were seen on 21st.

YELOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – lingering birds were seen in Kingston and on Amherst Island on 25th, and on Howe Island on 24th.

PEREGRINE FALCON – birds were seen in downtown Kingston on 22nd and 26th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE – birds were seen at Godfrey, Sydenham, Howe Island, Bedford Mills and Prince Edward Point this week.

HORNED LARK – 17 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 21st.

CAROLINA WREN – a single bird continued at Prince Edward Point through to 25 at least, with a long-staying bird at Ravensview seen on 22nd.

GRAY CATBIRD – a single bird was photographed at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 24th.

HERMIT THRUSH – 1-2 birds continued at Bur Brook Road, Kingston to 21st.

PINE GROSBEAK – a single bird was reported from Wolfe Island on 23rd.

COMMON REDPOLL – away from Prince Edward Point where 17 were seen on 23rd, 3 birds were also seen at Parrott’s Bay on the same date.

PINE SISKIN – low numbers were seen at a handful of locations this week with a high of 11 at Bedford Mills on 24th.

SNOW BUNTING – it was a very poor week with a high of just 5 birds on Amherst Island on 20th.

NASHVILLE WARBLER – a late bird was photographed at Wartman Patterson Park, Kingston, 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. 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