Friday, 29 April 2011

Birding report April 22 - 29, 2011

Peter's weekly roundup of sightings in the Kingston area:

The area was well covered this week and migrants are arriving in good numbers and variety. On Amherst Island on Wednesday there were several Spotted Sandpipers, half a dozen Greater Yellowlegs and 5 Wilson's Phalarope on the KFN property. In the Owl Woods, a good selection of warblers; Nashville, Black and White, N. Parula, Pine, Palm, Yellow and Black-throated Green. The Opinicon and Canoe Lake Roads were also visited and added Ovenbird, both waterthrushes and Common Yellowthroat to the list. Also in this area north of the city were a Solitary Sandpiper, E. Kingbirds, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo and Wood Thrush. Chimney Swifts arrived at Queen's and RMC on Wednesday.
Other migrants included lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, several Rough-winged Swallows, E. Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers and Field Sparrows as well as Surf Scoter, Cliff Swallow, Least Flycatcher, House Wren, Veery and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A Virginia Rail was at Buck Lake and another Great Egret was at Lemoine Point a week ago. A Whip-poor-will arrived at Bedford Mills yesterday as did a White-crowned Sparrow at Camden East.
The Loggerhead Shrike surveying north and east of Napanee has so far found seven birds and also a dozen Upland Sandpipers.
Raptors were well represented this week; there are numerous Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks north of the city, a Merlin was on Amherst and the last (?) Rough-legged Hawk was seen there on Tuesday.
In the unexpected department, there was a flock of 200 waxwings near Elginburg on Tuesday and many were Bohemians. A Lincoln's Sparrow on the Opinicon Road on Wednesday was really early and an Orchard Oriole in the same vicinity was totally out-of-the-ordinary.
Peter Good
I'll just tack on a note that almost every day this past week I've seen a couple of juncos hopping through my backyard in Glenburnie.

                                                                                               Posted by R. Burke

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