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Kingston Area Birds: 27th March – 2nd April 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.

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The weather was generally mild with winds that both supported and hindered migration. Loons, Osprey, and Tree Swallows showed up in good numbers, with a gradual change increase in summer/passage sparrows also being seen. However, the outright highlight of the week is the region’s 5th record of Say’s Phoebe that is, as of Friday afternoon, still present on Stella 40ft, Amherst Island. Here are the highlights of the past week:

TUNDRA SWAN – there were very few sightings this week but of those, 100 were seen at New canal Dock, Wolfe Island, on 27th.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL – a male was seen off the Gananoque waterfront on 27th, with a pair near Bur Creek, Kingston, on 28th and 30th.

SANDHILL CRANE – birds were noted on Amherst Island, at Camden Lake, Lansdowne, and Murvale this week.

BONAPARTE’S GULL – birds arrived in the area in reasonable numbers this week, with a high of 200 encountered near Prince Edward point on 2nd.

LITTLE GULL – a single bird was in with Bonaparte’s Gulls on Amherst Island on 31st.

ICELAND GULL – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 28th.

COMMON LOON – birds were seen at numerous locations from 27th onwards.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – Amherst Island is still holding good numbers of this species with 24 seen there on 1st. Elsewhere, birds are showing signs of movement with sightings becoming more widespread.

PEREGRINE FALCON – Birds were seen at Landon Bay on 29th and at OPG, Bath, on 30th.

SAY’S PHOEBE – a relatively confiding individual was found on Amherst Island on 29th and is still present today (2nd). It has mainly been seen near the helipad on Stella 40ft but does sometimes wander a little. This is the 5th record for the area. Please send your rare bird reports to OBRC.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – the first bird of the season was seen at Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 30th.

NORTHERN SHRIKE – the only bird seen this week was a single on Wolfe Island on 27th.

TREE SWALLOW – now widespread in good numbers.

BARN SWALLOW – the first birds of the season were seen at Gray’s Creek, Lansdowne, and Collin’s Bay, Kingston, both on 1st.

HERMIT THRUSH – a continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 2nd, with another on Amherst Island the same day.

HOARY REDPOLL – 2-3 birds continued in the Alwington area of Kingston this week.

PINE SISKIN – a single bird was noted in Gananoque on 27th with 2 birds on Bur Brook Road, Kingston, on 28th.

CHIPPING SPARROW – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 29th and continues to date.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – there were numerous widespread sightings this week but the high count came from the Russell Road Wetland complex, Lansdowne, where 85 were seen on 28th.

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