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Kingston Area Birds 29 October – 4 November 2022

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintain records in a 50km radius of MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their sightings with ‘Kingston FN’. Alternatively, please email  records directly to me – contact details below. Please note that some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise. Species 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). Some iPhone users report that bold type may be replaced by asterisks.

Please note: Owl Woods on Amherst Island will be closed from 21 November through to 11 December during the hunting season. Thank you everyone for your patience and respect to the owners of the property who have allowed us for many years to enjoy this treasure.


The unseasonably warm weather continued, though a single cold day seemed to alert some long-staying migrants that it was time to move on. A survey of the Great Egrets roosting spot on Middle Brother Island on the morning of 29 October came back empty-handed. On the plus side, migrant duck numbers are staring to build up. There are no rare birds to report this week.


CACKLING GOOSE – continuing at Finkle’s Shore Park, Bath, with two seen on 29 October and 3 November, and a single on 4 November.

RUDDY DUCK – a flock of 18 was spotted at Cataraqui Bay on 2 November.

HUDSONIAN GODWIT – one was scoped at Button Bay on 30 October.

DUNLIN – a small flock was also at Button Bay on the 30th.

GREAT EGRET – singles were seen at Belle Park and New Canal Dock (Wolfe Island) on 30 October, and two were viewed from 100ft Park on the 2nd.

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON – one remained at Hillview Pond until at least 2 November.

GOLDEN EAGLE – one was photographed in flight over Lemoine Point CA on 4 November.

RED-TAILED HAWK – a bird of the abieticola subspecies was observed on Amherst Island on 3 November.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – the first of the season were seen on Wolfe Island (27 October) and Amherst Island (28 October and 3 November) – the latter sighting was a dark morph bird.

EASTERN PHOEBE – a very late lingerer was found on Amherst Island on 3 November.

FISH CROW – one was observed near the Queen’s University Biosciences Complex on 3 November.

TUFTED TITMOUSE – one was seen on MacKenzie Crescent on 29 October, and at Canterbury Crescent on the 31st. Both addresses are in the City of Kingston.

BARN SWALLOW – a single bird was seen at the Invista property on 1 Nov, and likely the same bird was at Wartman-Patterson Park on the 2nd.

HOUSE WREN – one was spotted at Prince Edward Point NWA on 1 November.

GRAY CATBIRD – single birds were spotted at Prince Edward Point NWA on 30 October and 1 November.

EVENING GROSBEAK – multiple sightings occurred in the area of Prince Edward Point: 16 at Point Traverse Woods on 29 October, three on feeders at Long Point Road and Gravelly Bay Road on the 31st,  three at Prince Edward Point  NWA also on the 31st,  12 at Long Point Road and Gravelly Bay Road on 1 November, 12 at Prince Edward Point NWA 1 November, up to 40 at Prince Edward Point NWA on the 2nd,  and four at Prince Edward Point NWA on the 4th.

SNOW BUNTING – the first arrivals showed up, with one on a shoal on 29 October and six at Fort Henry on 4 November.

LINCOLN’S SPARROW – one was seen on Amherst Island on 3 November, consorting with a group of Dark-eyed Juncos.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT – one was at Greenwood Park West Parkette on 30 October.

CAPE MAY WARBLER – a very late bird was seen at Wartman-Patterson Park on 2 November.

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.


N. Anthony Kaduck

Kingston, Ontario

Email: kaduckintransit « at » googlemail.com