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Kingston Area Birds: 8th – 14th May 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.


General migration continued as expected, but it was quiet on the rarity front. Here are the highlights of the past week:

SURF SCOTER – all records came from the vicinity of Prince Edward Point were 25 were seen on 9th.

EASTERN WHIP-POOR-Will – missed from last week’s report the first birds were encountered at Bedford Mills and Berryton, both on 7th.

SORA – again missed from last week’s report, the first birds were reported on 6th from Amherst Island and Gananoque Provincial Wildlife Area.

SANDHILL CRANE – there were numerous widespread records across the area this week.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – the first of the season was seen on Amherst Island on 8th.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER – the first 2 birds were seen on Wolfe Island on 14th.

DUNLIN – a single bird was seen at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island on 8th.

WILSON’S PHALAROPE – the first birds of the season (5) were seen at the known breeding location of Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, on 8th.

BLACK TERN – the first birds were seen at Camden Lake on 9th.

LEAST BITTERN – the first bird for the area was at Moscow Marsh on 12th.

PEREGRINE FALCON – singles were seen on Wolfe Island, at Charleston Lake, in Kingston, and at Prince Edward Point this week.

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE – singles were seen at the known breeding location of Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 10th and 14th.

TUFTED TITMOUSE – known birds continued at a private location near Pitts Ferry this week.

CAROLINA WREN – birds were seen at 3 Kingston locations this week with breeding confirmed at one of them.

SWAINSON’S THRUSH – the first was noted at Prince Edward Point on 10th.

EVENING GROSBEAK – there were again widespread sightings of this species across the area this week – far too many to mention individually.

RED CROSSBILL – a single bird was seen near Verona on 8th.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL – 5 were seen in downtown Kingston on 12th.

ORCHARD ORIOLE – there were several reports from a number of locations this week – an apparently increasing species.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – 100 birds (the highest count of the season) were seen near Verona on 12th.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – a single bird was seen at KFN’s Helen Quilliam Sanctuary on 10th and 11th. Access is restricted to KFN members only.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – the first (2) were seen at Camden East on 9th.

CERULEAN WARBLER – birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 8th and 14th, with singles also reported from Frontenac Provincial Park on 9th and Helen Quilliam Sanctuary on 12th.

BLACKPOLL WARBLER – the first was seen at Camden Lake on 14th.

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