Monday, 17 February 2014

Kingston Area Birds February 8th to 14th, 2014

Birders have been focussing their attention on the eastern section of the
region this week, primarily to view a RED-NECKED GREBE that has taken a
liking to the Gananoque River. Other areas are somewhat lacking this week.
As well as the grebe, other highlights include; widespread TRUMPETER SWANS,
numerous SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.



City of Kingston

Invista continues to hold waterfowl in good numbers but diversity remains
reduced. Both the SNOWY OWLS and the NORTHERN SHRIKE continue. The city's
resident PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen downtown though are by no
means guaranteed. Kingston Mills produced a COMMON REDPOLL yesterday,
perhaps the first of the year.



Wolfe Island

SNOWY OWLS continue to dominate the news, though SNOW BUNTINGS, a single
LAPLANG LONGSPUR and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen last weekend.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS continue to be seen and ferry services appear to have improved.
I have been advised that the following link has the most accurate
information on services: <https://twitter.com/HICountyFerry>
https://twitter.com/HICountyFerry.



Amherst Island

SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst, as well as a couple of 'northern' RED-TAILED
HAWKS. LAPLAND LONGSPUR has been seen and RING-NECKED PHEASANTS are becoming
easier to find.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and pair of
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue at Gananoque Golf Club. RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS were also observed at Ivy Lea this week, where good numbers of
COMMON GOLDENEYE are to be seen, along with all three mergansers. A
RED-NECKED GREBE has delighted many on the Gananoque River at Marble Rock
Road and continues to date. Also seen in that general vicinity on Wednesday
were 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. North of the city,
TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be seen at several locations from Bedford Mills
to Chaffey's Locks and Lower Brewer's Mills Locks.



As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.



Mark.

Kingston Area Birds February 1st to 7th, 2014

Highlights:

Waterfowl highlights have, this week, come from areas away from the 'warm
water' pool at Invista, Kingston though conditions across the region have
remained challenging for birds and birders alike. Highlights include;
widespread TRUMPETER SWANS, HORNED GREBE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, numerous
SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER,
TUFTED TITMOUSE, FOX SPARROW, and COMMON GRACKLE.



City of Kingston

Invista continues to hold waterfowl in good numbers but diversity this week
has been reduced. Up to 3 SNOWY OWLS have also been seen there and the
NORTHERN SHRIKE continues. Lemoine Point also has NORTHERN SHRIKE, as well
as AMERICAN KESTREL and a pair of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, the latter rather
scarce this year. The city's resident PEREGRINE FALCONS have become regular
at their traditional haunt and can often be seen controlling the Feral
Pigeon population. Both SONG SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continue at
a private feeder on King Street West.



Wolfe Island

With more adults than of late, the island is still the best spot for SNOWY
OWLS in the region, with over 20 recorded mid-week, including at least 1
immaculate male. A single LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen during the week, in with
about 400 SNOW BUNTINGS. A handful of HORNED LARK can also sometimes be
encountered. At least 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK is present on the island and a
red-morph EASTERN SCREECH OWL was photographed on 4th.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS have continued to frequent feeders on Havenwood Trail throughout
the week. Birders are still advised to check with the ferry service (
<http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe>
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe) before
making a special trip here.



Amherst Island

SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst, as well as a couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. A
COMMON GRACKLE was seen on 2nd but has not been seen since. RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN FLICKER were all reported last
weekend from Owl Woods.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and pair of
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue at Gananoque Golf Club. Please respect
private property and stay on the main trail. The HORNED GREBE reported on
the Gananoque River at Marble Rock Road was present until 2nd at least.
North of the city, the FOX SPARROW continues at a private feeder near
Bedford Mills and was seen on 5th. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also seen in
that general location on 2nd. TRUMPETER SWANS have been seen at several
locations from Bedford Mills to Chaffey's Locks and Lower Brewer's Mills
Locks, though a HORNED GREBE at Collins Creek on Perth Road (3rd) was
unexpected. The SONG SPARROW seen at a feeder near Elginburg is still
occasionally seen as are a couple of PURPLE FINCHES there.



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



Mark.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Kingston Area Bird Sightings January 18th to 31st, 2014

The latest sightings in our area as submitted to and compiled by Mark Read:

Highlights:

Virtually all water has remained frozen, the best place to waterfowl being
the 'warm water' outlet at Invista, Kingston. Conditions remain challenging
but as the days lengthen both American Robin and House Finch have been heard
singing. Highlights include; widespread TRUMPETER SWANS, CANVASBACK, SNOWY
OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, FOX
SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.



City of Kingston

The best place to search for birds in city this week was definitely Invista,
where a male CANVASBACK stayed for a few days, in with almost 70 (mainly
male) RING-NECKED DUCK. A SNOWY OWL and NORTHERN SHRIKE have also been
fairly consistent. Also at Invista, a BALD EAGLE was seen feeding on a
juvenile MUTE SWAN on 30th - apparently after catching this massive meal
itself. Much of the carcass is still on the ice today. The resident BARRED
OWL at Marshlands CA was again seen today but is by no means guaranteed.
Both SONG SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW have been coming to a private
feeder on King Street West.



Wolfe Island

Birders seem to have neglected the island this week despite the fact that
this is surely the best place to see SNOWY OWLS in the region. The male
RUSTY BLACKBIRD reported at a feeder last week continues and was joined by a
female on 28th.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS have continued to frequent feeders on Havenwood Trail throughout
the week but birders have been advised to avoid a possibly wasted journey as
both ferries have been struggling with the ice. This website
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe) provides
phone numbers if in doubt.



Amherst Island

A couple of SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen
on 28th. NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOW BUNTING and AMERICAN KESTREL are regularly
encountered on the island but deep drifting snow has prevented access to the
owl woods this week. A small area of open water on the south-east shore held
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER during the
week.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still present at
Gananoque Golf Club. Further east near Lansdowne, both HORNED GREBE and a
LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on the Gananoque River on Marble Rock Road. Also
present were a dozen PURPLE FINCH. Nearby, TUMPETER SWANS have been seen in
fair numbers along the Wiltse Creek, which remains open, along with a
variety of other waterfowl. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Fairfax Road and both
HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS are also still present. North of the city,
the FOX SPARROW continues at a private feeder near Bedford Mills and was
seen on 24th and 27th. At Lower Brewer's Mills Locks, TRUMPETER SWANS and
REDHEAD have been seen. A SONG SPARROW was seen at a feeder near Elginburg
on 28th.



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



Mark.


From January's Ramble

Janis Grant sent a couple of photos from the recent ramble to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, one of the pussy willows found, and a photo of Anne, Rosemary and Rose-Marie feeding the chickadees.





 
Photos:  Janis Grant