Friday, 17 January 2014

Kingston area birds January 4 - 8, 2014

Highlights:

This early edition of the weekly round-up is also shorter than usual due to
an unexpected absence over the next couple of days. As elsewhere, the
extreme cold and slick ice has kept most of the sensible birders indoors but
a few brave souls contributed the following this week. Highlights include;
continuing SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HORNED LARK, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.



City of Kingston

No reports of the SNOWY OWL at Landings Golf Course this week but a couple
were seen near Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 5th. A female was reported at
Amherstview yesterday (8th). A PEREGRINE FALCON was noted at Invista during
the week where good numbers of MALLARD, GADWALL and BLACK DUCK continue with
up to 63 RING-NECKED DUCKS, a few HOODED MERGANSERS, AMERICAN COOT, GREATER
SCAUP and a lone AMERICAN WIGEON. Continuing the waterfowl theme (or lack
thereof) a single male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen consorting with hundreds of
MALLARD at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 5th but has not been seen since. A
few REDHEAD took advantage of a slight break in the ice the next day. Gull
watchers picked out an immature ICELAND GULL at the Wolfe Island ferry on
5th but it has, likewise, not been relocated. A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was
seen at a feeder in the Reddendale area of the city on 7th.



Wolfe Island

An attempt at the annual waterfowl survey on the 5th was severely hindered
by ice on all sides of the island. However, the ice had trapped a deer at
Point Metcalfe on the NE corner and an impressive 14 BALD EAGLES, 4 coyotes
and 6 COMMON RAVENS were making the most of it. SNOWY OWLS continue on the
west side of the island and SNOW BUNTINGS area also usually encountered.



Howe Island

The TUFTED TITMOUSE continues to be regularly seen on Howe Island, as does
the EASTERN SCREECH-OWL.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been seen a few
times this week at Gananoque Golf Club, where a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER can
also often be seen. Further east near Lansdowne, a couple of LAPLAND
LONGSPUR and approximately 20 HORNED LARK were photographed on freshly
spread muck but seem to have moved on. North of the city, at Lower Brewer's
Locks, 7 TRUMPETER SWANS were noted yesterday. Also north of the city,
several reports of EASTERN BLUEBIRD have surfaced this week with a high of 6
near Elginburg on the 7th. The FOX SPARROW reported last week at a private
feeder in Bedford Mills has been seen on a couple more occasions this week
but is not reliable. To round off this week's news, a female BELTED
KINGFISHER was noted at Chaffey's Locks on 5th and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were
present at the Amherst Island ferry, Milhaven, also on 5th.



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



Mark.

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