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).
It has been quiet week in the area, with a continued changeover as birds move towards their wintering grounds. Here are the highlights of the past week:
CACKLING GOOSE – singles were seen at Parrott’s Bay on 4th and Bur Brook Road on 5th.
TUNDRA SWAN – numbers continued to build at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island, with 18 there on 2nd. 1-2 birds continued at Marshlands CA, Kingston over the week.
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL – a late bird was seen at Collin’s Bay on 6th.
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER – a single bird was present at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 3rd and 8th.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – a single bird was seen on Amherst Island on 8th.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – an adult was seen at Wartman-Patterson Park, Kingston, on 4th.
RED-THROATED LOON – a single bird was seen off the Amherst Island ferry on the 4th, with an inland bird at Devil Lake on 7th.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – the first of the season was seen on Amherst Island on 8th.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – a young bird was seen near Prince Edward Point on 7th.
PEREGRINE FALCON – there were several sightings from across the area this week.
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – a very late bird was reported from Bedford Mills on 3rd.
CAROLINA WREN – birds were seen at Prince Edward Point, Main Duck Island, and Kingston this week.
GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – there were several records this week, with individuals at Prince Edward Point, Amherst Island, Bedford Mills, and Marshlands CA and Belle Park, Kingston.
AMERICAN PIPIT – a high count of 24 was noted on Amherst Island on 2nd.
PINE SISKIN – 3 birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 1st, with 2 at Bedford Mills on 8th.
FOX SPARROW – the first few birds are coming through with individuals on Howe Island on 3rd and Amherst Island on 8th.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD – this species was seen in pretty reasonable numbers this week, with a high of 45 at Prince Edward Point on 5th.
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