Friday, 15 April 2011

Weekly summary of bird sightings in the Kingston Area

It's Friday, here is the weekly bird summary from Peter Good:

Despite the less than favourable weather many migrants have arrived in the Kingston area this week. The number and variety of waterfowl is excellent although there were no rarities. A Red-necked Grebe was at PEPt on Sunday and 1500 Bonaparte's Gulls on Amherst Island yesterday was the largest group seen. A Caspian Tern was in the Kingston Harbour last Saturday. Two more Great Egrets were seen this week; one over Elevator Bay on Saturday and the other in Collins Creek near Westbrook on Wednesday. A couple of Am. Bitterns have been reported.
The shorebird migration has started, notwithstanding the already numerous Killdeer, Am. Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe. Ten Greater Yellowlegs were in the Newburgh area a week ago Wednesday and another 4 were on Amherst on Tuesday, There was an Upland Sandpiper at PEPt on Sunday.
There has been a good influx of sparrows with reports of several E. Towhees, Vesper, Field, Fox , Savannah and Swamp Sparrows. A single White-throated was noted as were large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos. A few Am. Tree Sparrows still linger. All the swallows were tallied this week with the exception of Bank. Other new arrivals include lots of N. Flickers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, E. Phoebes, both kinglets, Winter Wrens and Rusty Blackbirds. In smaller numbers we had Brown Thrashers, Hermit Thrush and a House Wren.
The last of the Common Redpolls seem to have gone but a few Pine Siskins persist. Two N. Shrikes were seen near Newburgh last Friday and another was at PEPt on Sunday. There were still 4 Rough-legged Hawks on Amherst yesterday.
Less-than-common birds noted this week were a singing Carolina Wren near Collingwood Street, a noisy Sandhill Crane flying over Camden East on Tuesday and 3 Red Crossbills in Bath yesterday. The Loggerhead Shrike surveying has started and so far 5 birds have returned to the Newburgh area.

Peter Good

Also noted from the birding list is the report that the first hummingbirds have returned to Ontario.  It doesn't say where in Ontario, but lists the website  and requests reports of hummingbird sightings for their 2011 spring migration map.

                                                                                        Posted by R. Burke

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