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Kingston Area Birds: 29 May – 4 June 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).


Summer has arrived but several great observations were still reported this week including a Little Blue Heron and Yellow-breasted Chat. The Prince Edward Chuck-will’s-Widow also continued at Hill Top Road. Here are the highlights of the past week:

BRANT – 40 birds were seen at Amherst Island on 1st.

CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW (OBRC report required) – outside the area at Hill Top Road, Prince Edward, the individual that first showed up in 2014 was reported twice this week.

RUDDY TURNSTONE – there were good numbers of this species in the area this week with 40 at Waupoos Marina, Prince Edward, on 1st.

RED KNOT – a single bird was seen at Waupoos Marina, Prince Edward, on 1st.

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

WILSON’S PHALAROPE – as many as 7 birds were present at the known breeding location of Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, this week.

LITTLE BLUE HERON (OBRC report required) – a very accommodating adult was found on the morning of 4th at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston, remaining until the evening. I’ve heard of no updates today (5th).

BLACK TERN – as many as 15 birds were seen at Camden Lake this week.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – a single bird was seen at the north end of Canoe Lake Road on 1st.

PEREGRINE FALCON – a single bird was seen at Bath on 30th, with two birds at Charleston Lake Provincial Park on 2nd.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – no reports this week.

SEDGE WREN – the beauty of the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas (https://www.birdsontario.org/) is better coverage away from the ‘hotspots’. Two birds were seen near Tamworth on 4th, with another on California Road 31st – 4th.

CAROLINA WREN – a continuing bird on Front Road, Kingston, was reported on 30th and 3rd.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – birds were seen at Camden East on 4th, Amherst Island on 29th and Prince Edward Point on 31st.

RED CROSSBILL – a single bird was reported near Odessa on 4th.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (KFN report required) – a single bird was photographed on Canoe Lake Road on the morning of 4th.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – birds were reported from at least 5 locations this week with the most consistent being Lemoine Point CA, Kingston.

PRAIRIE WARBLER – 3-6 birds continued at Fishing Lake Road this week.

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