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.
Well, I guess that’s it then. The winds changed this week and a noticeable influx of passage and wintering sparrows, nuthatches, and kinglets have started coming through. Shorebird diversity has decreased and lingering summer residents are disappearing from the countryside. On the whole though it has been fairly quiet, though a Connecticut Warbler at Prince Edward Point was certainly a highlight. Here are the highlights of the past week:
CACKLING GOOSE – the first report of the season came from Parrott’s Bay where 5 were seen on 28th.
TUNDRA SWAN – the first 6 birds of the season arrived on the early date of 30th Sept at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island. Two further birds were seen today (1st) at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston.
SANDHILL CRANE – There were far fewer observations this week, but 6 birds were seen near Crosby on 26th.
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – three birds were seen at Doug Fluhrer Park, Kingston, on 27th with 3 at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island, on 30th. A single bird was at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 28th.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER – a single bird was at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, 26th-28th.
GREAT EGRET – 27 birds were seen at George Merry Wetland, Kingston, on 26th.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – an adult bird was seen on Amherst Island on 28th.
PEREGRINE FALCON – birds were seen at Prince Edward Point, Amherst Island, Kingston, and Amherstview this week.
CAROLINA WREN – all but two records (Landon Bay on 25th, Garden Island to 26th) came from Prince Edward Point.
GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – there were several records this week, with individuals at Prince Edward Point, Big Sandy Bay – Wolfe Island, Bedford Mills, and Bur Brook Road – Kingston.
AMERICAN PIPIT – this species moved into the area this week with widespread observations. A high count of 16 was noted on Amherst Island on 28th.
PINE SISKIN – small numbers were noted at Prince Edward Point at the tale-end of the week, with 10 reported there on 29th.
CONNECTICUT WARBLER – this was the find of the week, where one lucky observer had brief but great views on 26th.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – birds were most frequently encountered at Prince Edward Point but others were seen in Kingston, Gananoque, and on Wolfe and Amherst Islands.
CANADA WARBLER – a late bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 26th.
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.
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,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246