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Kingston Area Birds: 4-10 September 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.


It has been a great week in the area with continued migration of warblers and shorebirds but the highlights include Little Blue Heron and Western Kingbird. Here are the highlights of the past week:

COMMON NIGHTHAWK – birds are still moving through, though numbers are dropping off. 11 were seen at George Merry Wetland, Kingston, on 6th.

SANDHILL CRANE – Amongst other sightings, 5 birds were noted at Florida Road, Kingston, on 6th.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – there was just a single record this week at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 8th.

SANDERLING – 2 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 4th.

BAIRD’S SANDPIPER – 3 birds were photographed on Amherst Island on 4th, with 1 still present on 10th.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 1 was seen at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons 5th-8th, with another at Wilton Creek on 9th.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER – a single bird was seen at Wilton Creek on 6th and 9th.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE – a lone bird was seen at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on 7th.

LITTLE BLUE HERON (OBRC report required) – this excellent find was present from 5th – 9th at the George Merry Wetland, Kingston.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK – a single bird was seen near Parrott’s Bay on 8th.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – 2-3 birds were noted at Frontenac Provincial Park on 7th and 8th, with singles at Florida Road on 6th and at Prince Edward Point on 7th and 10th.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – a single bird took up temporary residence at Bedford Mills, being seen from 5th-8th.

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – typically an early migrant, numbers are dropping off with no reports after 7th. Two birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 4th and 6th.

WESTERN KINGBIRD (KFN report required) – a very nice find on Marshall 40 Ft, Amherst Island, this bird was seen on 9th and remains as of Saturday morning (11th).

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET – there were several early reports of singles from across the area.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER – a single was seen at Prince Edward Point on 4th.

CAROLINA WREN – 1-2 birds were seen throughout the week at Prince Edward Point with a single also seen near Howe Island on 4th.

GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – a single bird was reported from Amherst Island on 10th.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – a single bird was reported from Millhaven on 10th.

HOODED WARBLER – an immature female was reported from Bedford Mills on 4th.

CANADA WARBLER – a single bird was noted at Prince Edward Point on 4th.

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,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0