Tuesday, 26 November 2013

It's looking like winter has arrived, with a skiff of snow on the ground.  "Winter storm watch in effect", words to send a chill down the spine.  'Tis the season to fill up the bird feeders, my own sunflower seed feeder shows the level of seed steadily declining as the chickadees and goldfinches are hitting it hard before the storm.  This first blast of winter may bring in some migrants from the north.

This past week's sightings, as reported by Mark Read to ont.birds:

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below.



Highlights:

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and
CAROLINA WREN



City of Kingston

As well as GREATER SCAUP in Cataraqui Bay and LESSER SCAUP in the Inner
Harbour, numbers of REDHEAD, in particular, and RING-NECKED DUCK have also
increased. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also found in the Inner Harbour after the
storms of last weekend. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS continue to linger at
Marshlands Conservation Area and a PEREGRINE has been seen regularly in the
city.



Wolfe Island

Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported by at least two observers throughout the
week and wildfowl numbers remain good.



Amherst Island

As last week, TUNDRA SWANS, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and
SNOW BUNTING were all reported. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 16th must have been
wondering where all its buddies had gone. A couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
have also been seen on several dates. Please note the Owl Woods are closed
until 9th December during the hunt.



Napanee/Hay Bay

The highlight of the week for many was an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN that has
been associating with a flock of 40 or so MUTE SWANS just west of Napanee.
Apparently present for some time, this bird has proved popular with
Ontbirders. In nearby Hay Bay, an impressive 1000+ TUNDRA SWANS were seen
mid-week, with CANVASBACK, and RED-NECKED GREBE also present earlier in the
week. Nearby, at the intersection of Highways 8 and 9, ROSS'S GOOSE, 6 SNOW
GEESE and a single BRANT were present on 20th-21st at least, in with the
regular CANADA GEESE.



Other Sightings

An 'OREGAN' form of DARK-EYED JUNCO was photographed near Camden East on
19th and 8 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen flying over Sydenham Lake last weekend.
The long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Gananoque Golf Club was seen on
several days during the week with a supporting cast of CAROLINA WREN and
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL on 19th and 20th. Three AMERICAN WOODCOCK, though not
particularly late, were a nice surprise for one observer on Florida Road,
north of Kingston.



Thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.



Good birding!

Mark.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Mark Read has taken over the weekly bird reports from Mark Conboy, who is currently on his way to a new career in Alberta.  Mark C., we wish you safe travels and good adventures out west!  The weekly bird report summaries are submitted to ont.birds, for those who don't subscribe and for those who wish to review reports, we will also post them here.

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For the week ending November 15, 2013:

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below.



Highlights:

ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, GOLDEN EAGLE, arriving BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and a
late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER



City of Kingston

The arrival of TUNDRA SWANS was noted by many appreciative observers to
Cataraqui Bay this week, which also hosts almost 1000 GREATER SCAUP. The
Inner Harbour, in comparison, continues to hold good numbers of LESSER
SCAUP.



Wolfe Island

Wildfowl numbers continue to build with 2000 REDHEAD and 1000 GREATER SCAUP
at Button Bay, as well as an impressive 260 GREEN-WINGED TEAL earlier in the
week. A SNOW GOOSE was seen amongst CANADA GEESE on 13th and TUNDRA SWANS
continue in Button Bay.



Amherst Island

A quiet week but TUNDRA SWANS and NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
and PURPLE FINCH were all reported.



Prince Edward Point
A TURKEY VULTURE on the 9th was the only raptor of note. Wildfowl numbers
fluctuate but the 8000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS also seen on the 9th far out-number
the WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS along the South Shore. A single RED-NECKED
GREBE was picked out amongst 50 HORNED GREBES at Traverse Woods on the 9th.
On the same day, 9 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen near
the banding station. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and DUNLIN were reported on the
12th, along with lingering RED-WINGED and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.



Other Sightings

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying over one lucky observer's backyard, north of
Napanee, on 13th, with the season's first BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS being seen there
and in Bath on 11th. A late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed near
Camden East on 8th, but didn't quite make last week's report in time. After
the Snow and Cackling Geese of last week's report, a single white-phase
ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at the same location east of Lennox Generating Station
on 12th. As well as the nine birds at Prince Edward Point, a single EASTERN
BLUEBIRD was seen on Florida Road, Odessa, on the 9th. To round off this
week's report 8 TRUMPETER SWANS were present at Charleston Lake Provincial
Park on 12th.



Thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.



Good birding!

Mark.