Tuesday, 26 November 2013

It's looking like winter has arrived, with a skiff of snow on the ground.  "Winter storm watch in effect", words to send a chill down the spine.  'Tis the season to fill up the bird feeders, my own sunflower seed feeder shows the level of seed steadily declining as the chickadees and goldfinches are hitting it hard before the storm.  This first blast of winter may bring in some migrants from the north.

This past week's sightings, as reported by Mark Read to ont.birds:

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below.



Highlights:

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and
CAROLINA WREN



City of Kingston

As well as GREATER SCAUP in Cataraqui Bay and LESSER SCAUP in the Inner
Harbour, numbers of REDHEAD, in particular, and RING-NECKED DUCK have also
increased. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also found in the Inner Harbour after the
storms of last weekend. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS continue to linger at
Marshlands Conservation Area and a PEREGRINE has been seen regularly in the
city.



Wolfe Island

Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported by at least two observers throughout the
week and wildfowl numbers remain good.



Amherst Island

As last week, TUNDRA SWANS, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and
SNOW BUNTING were all reported. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 16th must have been
wondering where all its buddies had gone. A couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
have also been seen on several dates. Please note the Owl Woods are closed
until 9th December during the hunt.



Napanee/Hay Bay

The highlight of the week for many was an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN that has
been associating with a flock of 40 or so MUTE SWANS just west of Napanee.
Apparently present for some time, this bird has proved popular with
Ontbirders. In nearby Hay Bay, an impressive 1000+ TUNDRA SWANS were seen
mid-week, with CANVASBACK, and RED-NECKED GREBE also present earlier in the
week. Nearby, at the intersection of Highways 8 and 9, ROSS'S GOOSE, 6 SNOW
GEESE and a single BRANT were present on 20th-21st at least, in with the
regular CANADA GEESE.



Other Sightings

An 'OREGAN' form of DARK-EYED JUNCO was photographed near Camden East on
19th and 8 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen flying over Sydenham Lake last weekend.
The long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Gananoque Golf Club was seen on
several days during the week with a supporting cast of CAROLINA WREN and
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL on 19th and 20th. Three AMERICAN WOODCOCK, though not
particularly late, were a nice surprise for one observer on Florida Road,
north of Kingston.



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



Good birding!

Mark.

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