Saturday, 7 December 2013

Computer problems caused me to miss a week on the bird reports.  Can't miss out on this week, got some good sightings to report!   A thick billed murre took top billing, drawing birders from across Ontario and even up from the United States to get a look at it.  A good selection to get us all psyched up for the Kingston Christmas Bird Count taking place on December 15th.  Here is Mark's report:


Highlights:

RED-THROATED LOON, THICK-BILLED MURRE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, CAROLINA WREN, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE
ORIOLE



City of Kingston

Undeniably Kingston-centric, the highlight of the week was, without doubt, a
THICK-BILLED MURRE that showed up mid-afternoon on 3rd and remained in place
in Kingston's downtown throughout the 4th, allowing birders from far and
wide ridiculously close-up viewing. A RED-THROATED LOON was also located
nearby, at the entrance to the Inner Harbour on 4th and remains to date. A
CAROLINA WREN has been less reliable during the week putting in sporadic
appearances near Fort Henry. At least three observers caught up with a late
BALTIMORE ORIOLE on 3rd at the Invista plant where NORTHERN SHRIKES have
become regular. Other late birds include 22 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on 2nd at
Cataraqui Bay and widespread but decreasing numbers of DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, BELTED KINGFISHER and GREAT BLUE HERON. Reports of interesting
geese have dropped off, though an immature dark-phase LESSER SNOW GOOSE was
an interesting local find at Lake Ontario Park early in the week. Both
LESSER BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULLS have been reported within the city
limits this week.



Amherst Island

Please note that the Owl Woods remain closed (for the hunt) until 9th
December. Up to 3 Snowy Owls have taken up residence on the island and the
occasional SHORT-EARED OWL has been reported. Three SWAMP SPARROWS, as well
as 3 SONG SPARROWS were observed on 6th by the Fishing Village and the
regular cast of NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE and
SNOW BUNTING seen quite widespread.



Napanee/Hay Bay/Belleville

Now outside our reporting area, the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was relocated at
Belleville on 2nd but not seen subsequently. However, it was reported on the
Trent River at Frankford on 6th.



Howe Island

The TUFTED TITMOUSE continues to entertain, or frustrate, birders popping
over to the island. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is also regular at the same
feeding station.



Other Sightings

Six TRUMPETER SWANS were seen back at Chaffey's Locks on 4th and may remain
now that the lake is beginning to thaw. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS continue at
Heritage Park, Bath. An ICELAND GULL has taken up residence at Lansdowne
Dump near Gananoque and the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Gananoque Golf Club
continues.



Thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week and sorry for
the slight delay in reporting the news.



Good birding!

Mark.

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