Sunday, 22 May 2011

Kingston Area Birds to May 20, 2011

Peter Good's weekly bird summary:

Warblers, vireos and sparrows continue to move through in good numbers. The weather has not been conducive to birding or any other outdoor activity so reporting has been somewhat reduced this week. There were 4 Blackpoll Warblers at PEPt last Friday (sometimes a sign that warbler migration is on the wane) and a Canada at the start of the Rideau Trail the day before. Our second Prairie Warbler of the season was found along the Canoe Lake Road and was seen both Saturday and Monday.
A female Brewer's Blackbird was on Wolfe Island for a few days at the beginning of the week, a N. Mockingbird was seen on the River Road southwest of Napanee on Sunday and a Black-billed Cuckoo was at Lemoine Point on Monday.
After a flurry of Brant sightings last week only one was seen this week; on Monday at Dupont. Twenty Black Terns on Wolfe Island were tallied on a survey of Big Sandy Bay last Tuesday and 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons were on the penitentiary property on Wednesday.
Shorebird numbers are improving but nothing unusual as yet. A Pectoral Sandpiper and a lone Dunlin were on Amherst Island and 40 Least Sandpipers were at the Kaiser X-road last Friday. There was another Least on Amherst, 16 Dunlin on Salmon Island  and a Short-billed Dowitcher in Cape Vincent across the river in New York State on Monday.
The KFN does their annual spring round-up this Saturday and Sunday so we are all hoping for good weather and good birds.
Peter Good

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