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 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).
Spring migration is effectively over for 2022. Kingston birders are now looking for breeding birds on territory – in support of the breeding birds Atlas, and also to fill in any gaps in their year lists. But this time of year also tends to bring in some rarities, and true to form we have had some great birds in the circle this week.
Here are the highlights of the week:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – birds continue to linger near Prince Edward Point, with a count of 23 on 9 June.
LONG-TAILED DUCK – a very late single bird was seen with the scoters up to 9 June.
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – a single bird was seen and photographed at Camden Lake on 4 June.
PIPING PLOVER – up to four birds were seen at Sandy Pond Outlet in Oswego County, NY, with a single present as late as 10 June.
UPLAND SANDPIPER – two birds spotted on 4th Line, Wolfe Island on 10 June. The apparent breeding pair continued on Nugent Road in the Napanee Alvar.
RUDDY TURNSTONE – a flock of 45 birds was spotted several times, the latest being 6 June on Salmon Island.
SANDERLING – two at Sandy Pond Outlet, Oswego County, NY on 10 June.
LEAST SANDPIPER – one late migrant on Amherst Island on 6 June.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – a single bird was spotted on Salmon Island on 6 June.
GREATER YELLOWLEGS – two at Martin Edwards Reserve on 4 June.
GREAT CORMORANT –two very white-breasted juvenile cormorants at Martin Edwards Reserve on 4 June strongly resembled Great Cormorant juveniles. The jury is out.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – three birds were spotted on Wolfe Island on 9 June – an unusual bird for the area.
LEAST BITTERN – Seen in a few locations including Jamieson Road Marsh on 5 June. The breeding colony at Moscow Marsh remains the most reliable site.
TRICOLORED HERON – this mega-rarity continued to 10 June at Perch River WMA in New York State.
GLOSSY IBIS – three birds continued at Martin Edwards until 5 June. Seen by many observers. I trust that those from out of town who visited this private reserve were members of the KFN or were accompanied by KFN members… Membership is available online at a very reasonable price and the fees go towards the upkeep of this and other KFN properties.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – one bird seen near a nest in the Wilton area on 5 June. Continuing birds on James Wilson Road seen on 4 June.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – continue to pop up in various locations. One was seen at the Invista Property (restricted access) on 8 June. The long-staying bird on Wolfe Island was seen as recently as 10 June.
PINE SISKIN – Seen at feeders near Bedford Mills.
VESPER SPARROW – once a common bird in the area, now almost a rarity. One bird continued on Highland Road, Wolfe Island as late as 10 June.
ORCHARD ORIOLE – birds continued to show up at various locations, the most reliable of which is Lemoine Point CA. Amherst Island
RUSTY BLACKBIRD – a few single birds were spotted in the Odessa area but no evidence of breeding was seen.
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – unusually for this early-breeding species, several birders reported a singing bird as late as 6 June on Canoe Lake Road.
MOURNING WARBLER – an uncommon bird in the area. One was heard on Opinicon Road on 8 June.
CERULEAN WARBLER – singing birds were present on Opinicon Road (8 June) and Canoe Lake Road (5 June).
BLACKPOLL WARBLER – a late migrant was heard in the Amherstview area on 8 June.
PRAIRIE WARBLER – five or six birds were noted at the newly-discovered site on Fishing Lake Road. Going off road at this site is not advisable – there is a burgeoning population of Black-legged Ticks present. One local birder acquired 40 in one walk. An additional singing bird was found on Jones Falls Road on 5 June.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN SensitiveSightings 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
Email: kaduckintransit « at » googlemail.com