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Kingston Area Birds: 9th – 15th October 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 (http://www.ofo.ca/site/Obrcreport).

SPECIAL NOTE: The Owl Woods (Amherst Island) will be closed from November 15 through to December 5. Thank you for your patience and please respect the wishes of the Laurets who own the property and have allowed us to enjoy this treasure for many years.


It has been a relatively quiet week in the area, with some very warm southerly winds for much of the period. However, a major highlight was a Northern Wheatear, seen and photographed in Kingston yesterday. Here are the highlights of the past week:

CACKLING GOOSE – there were a number of sightings this week, with Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island being most consistent with 7 seen there on 11th. Three birds were seen near Napanee on 15th and two were on Front Road, Kingston on 9th.

TUNDRA SWAN – the only location with ‘decent’ numbers was Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island, where 12 were seen on 14th.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO – late singles were seen at Wartman-Patterson Park, Kingston, on 11th and Amherst Island on 13th.

RUDDY TURNSTONE – a single bird was seen at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island, on 12th.

DUNLIN – 8 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 15th, with 2 at Reed’s Bay, Wolfe Island, on 12th.

GOLDEN EAGLE – a single bird was seen at Prince Edward Point on 13th.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – a single was seen on Amherst Island on 13th with 3 there the following day.

PEREGRINE FALCON – there were several sightings from across the area this week.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER – a lone bird was seen on Garden Island on 11th.

CAROLINA WREN – it was a good week for observations with 2 birds at both Marshlands CA and Collin’s Bay, Kingston on a couple of occasions this week, with other birds seen at Prince Edward Point and on the mainland side of Howe Island.

NOTHERN MOCKINGBIRD – singles were seen at Button Bay, Wolfe Island on 11th and at Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 13th.

GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH – a single bird was seen at Bedford Mills on 12th.

NORTHERN WHEATEAR (OBRC report) – this excellent find appears to be a one-day wonder for the single observer who managed to get an excellent photo. It was seen at the former Elevator Bay (Commodore Cove), Kingston, on 15th. Wolfe Island might be a good place to check for it.

AMERICAN PIPIT – a high count of 35 was noted at Button Bay, Wolfe Island, on 11th.

PINE SISKIN – a single bird was at Bur Brook Road, Kingston, on 15th.

FOX SPARROW – there are still very few reports of this species, though 3 have been hanging out at a feeder at Bedford Mills most of the week.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – this species was again seen in pretty reasonable numbers this week, with a high of 44 at Marble Rock Road on 15th.

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


Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread@gmail.com