Saturday, 1 February 2014

Kingston Area Bird Sightings January 18th to 31st, 2014

The latest sightings in our area as submitted to and compiled by Mark Read:

Highlights:

Virtually all water has remained frozen, the best place to waterfowl being
the 'warm water' outlet at Invista, Kingston. Conditions remain challenging
but as the days lengthen both American Robin and House Finch have been heard
singing. Highlights include; widespread TRUMPETER SWANS, CANVASBACK, SNOWY
OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, FOX
SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.



City of Kingston

The best place to search for birds in city this week was definitely Invista,
where a male CANVASBACK stayed for a few days, in with almost 70 (mainly
male) RING-NECKED DUCK. A SNOWY OWL and NORTHERN SHRIKE have also been
fairly consistent. Also at Invista, a BALD EAGLE was seen feeding on a
juvenile MUTE SWAN on 30th - apparently after catching this massive meal
itself. Much of the carcass is still on the ice today. The resident BARRED
OWL at Marshlands CA was again seen today but is by no means guaranteed.
Both SONG SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW have been coming to a private
feeder on King Street West.



Wolfe Island

Birders seem to have neglected the island this week despite the fact that
this is surely the best place to see SNOWY OWLS in the region. The male
RUSTY BLACKBIRD reported at a feeder last week continues and was joined by a
female on 28th.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS have continued to frequent feeders on Havenwood Trail throughout
the week but birders have been advised to avoid a possibly wasted journey as
both ferries have been struggling with the ice. This website
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe) provides
phone numbers if in doubt.



Amherst Island

A couple of SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen
on 28th. NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOW BUNTING and AMERICAN KESTREL are regularly
encountered on the island but deep drifting snow has prevented access to the
owl woods this week. A small area of open water on the south-east shore held
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER during the
week.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still present at
Gananoque Golf Club. Further east near Lansdowne, both HORNED GREBE and a
LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on the Gananoque River on Marble Rock Road. Also
present were a dozen PURPLE FINCH. Nearby, TUMPETER SWANS have been seen in
fair numbers along the Wiltse Creek, which remains open, along with a
variety of other waterfowl. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Fairfax Road and both
HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS are also still present. North of the city,
the FOX SPARROW continues at a private feeder near Bedford Mills and was
seen on 24th and 27th. At Lower Brewer's Mills Locks, TRUMPETER SWANS and
REDHEAD have been seen. A SONG SPARROW was seen at a feeder near Elginburg
on 28th.



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



Mark.


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