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Kingston Area Birds: 23rd – 28th 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. Species underlined in bold type require completion of a rare bird report available on the KFN website or directly from me.


Migration certainly showed signs of slowing down this week but a couple of great sightings, including Eurasian Collared Dove and American White Pelican, were nice compensation for the single observers. The Prince Edward Chuck-will’s-Widow also continued at Hill Top Road. Here are the highlights of the past week:

BRANT – there was just a single report this week of 220 at Moscow Marsh on 25th.

EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE – a single bird was seen and heard near Enterprise on 26th.

CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW – outside the area at Hill Top Road, Prince Edward, the individual that first showed up in 2014 continued this week.

WHIMBREL – there were numerous sightings on 27th, with high counts of 17 at Prince Edward Point and at 4 at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island. The largest flock, however, was of 178 birds outside the area at Point Petre, Prince Edward, on 25th.

RUDDY TURNSTONE – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 25th.

RED KNOT – a single bird was seen at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 27th.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – a single bird was at Kaiser Cross Road, Prince Edward, on 23rd.

WILSON’S PHALAROPE – as many as 10 birds were present at the known breeding location of Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, this week.

LEAST BITTERN – birds were reported from 7 locations this week with the most consistent being Moscow Marsh where 2 were seen on 25th.

BLACK TERN – as many as 30 birds were seen at Camden Lake this week.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – 2 birds were seen circling over Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 24th, before heading off towards Wolfe Island.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – two birds were seen on James Wilson Road (near Frontenac Provincial Park) on 23rd.

PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen at Bath on 25th and Amherst Island on 23rd.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – 1-2 birds were seen almost daily at the known breeding location of Napanee Limestone Plain IBA.

SEDGE WREN – a single bird was heard and seen at the southern end of California Road on 27th.

CAROLINA WREN – 2 birds were at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 24th-25th.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 27th – 28th.

GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – birds were reported from Prince Edward Point, Marshlands CA, and Big Sandy Bay, all on 24th.

EVENING GROSBEAK – 2 birds were reported from Canoe Lake Road on 28th.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – birds were reported from at least 7 locations this week with the most consistent being Lemoine Point CA, Kingston, where 2 were seen on 27th.

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