Saturday, 4 June 2011

Kingston Area Birds to June 2, 2011

With most passerine migrants already gone and the shorebird migration on the wane, there were still some good birds locally this week. High water levels have reduced habitat at the usual spots but flooded fields have been a bonus. Near Amherstview there were 3 Whimbrel, 5 Red Knots and a Hudsonian Godwit among others on Saturday; the next day 30 Black-bellied Plovers and a Ruddy Turnstone and on Tuesday another 19 Black-bellied Plovers. On the KFN property on Amherst Island today there were 4 Black-bellied Plovers, about 30 Dunlin and 50 Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Two small flocks of Brant were seen on Wednesday east of Amherst Island and two more individuals grazed with Canadaa Geese on Amherst this afternoon. A lone male Common Goldeneye seemed out of place off the east end of Amherst today.
The latest mention of warblers had a Wilson's at Elginburg on Tuesday and a Hooded in the city on Wednesday. There was an Olive-sided Flycatcher on Tuesday and a Broad-winged Hawk on Thursday; both seen near Elginburg.

Peter Good

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