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Kingston Area Birds: 27 November – 03 December 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: Owl Woods (Amherst Island) remains closed through to the end of the weekend. 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 remained mainly below freezing this week, with scattered snow squalls finally arriving in the area. However, it was another quiet week, though winter listers added a number of late-staying migrants to the following report. Here are the highlights of the past week:

CACKLING GOOSE – birds were seen at Grass Creek Park, Bath, and Wolfe Island, where 9 were seen on 28th.

TRUMPETER SWAN – it’s still not quite cold enough to force this species to the locks, so numbers remain relatively low. This week’s high count came from Sydenham where 20 were seen on 28th.

TUNDRA SWAN – there was an increase in numbers and distribution this week with highs of 35 on Wolfe on 28th and 128 at Hay Bay on 1st.

WOOD DUCK – 3 birds continued at Parrott’s Bay to at least 2nd.

NORTHERN SHOVELER – 2 birds were still at Belle Island, Kingston, on 27th, with an additional 2 birds at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons through to 3rd.

CANVASBACK – not common in the area, 8 birds were seen at Bayfield Bay, Wolfe Island, on 27th, with 1 at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 1st.

SURF SCOTER – 2 birds were seen at the unusual location of Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 27th.

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – a female was at Point Peninsula, NY, on 30th.

RUDDY DUCK – a lone bird was still present at Bayfield Bay, Wolfe Island, on 27th.

GOLDEN EAGLE – an adult bird was seen just south of Charleston Lake on 3rd.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – Wolfe Island had a high of 4 birds on 27th; Amherst Island had 15 on 1st.

PEREGRINE FALCON – birds were seen in downtown Kingston on 28th and 1st, with another near Bath on 3rd.

NORTHERN SHRIKE – birds were seen near Prince Edward Point, at 3 locations on Wolfe Island, Amherst Island, and Lansdowne.

TUFTED TITMOUSE – a continuing bird was seen at a private feeder off Montreal Street, Kingston, on 28th.

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET – a late bird was still at Prince Edward point on 29th.

CAROLINA WREN – 2 birds remained at Marshlands CA, Kingston, being seen on 29th and 1st. A long-staying bird was seen at Ravensview on 3rd.

GRAY CATBIRD – 1-2 birds were at Marshlands CA, Kingston, 27th – 1st. Another bird was seen in the Hay Bay area on 1st.

HERMIT THRUSH – too many to list, 7 birds were reported from across the area this week.

COMMON REDPOLL – 2 birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 27th.

PINE SISKIN – 1-2 birds were at Bur Brook Road, Kingston on 30th and 1st, with 3 at Verona on 29th.

SNOW BUNTING – it was a very poor week with a high of just 4 birds at Cataraqui Bay, Kingston, on 28th.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – a late bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 1st.

NASHVILLE WARBLER – a late bird was photographed at Bath on 1st.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER – as expected, this species often stays in low numbers into the early winter and sometimes beyond. High counts of 6 apiece came from Bath on 1st and Prince Edward Point 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. 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