Monday, 17 February 2014

Kingston Area Birds February 1st to 7th, 2014

Highlights:

Waterfowl highlights have, this week, come from areas away from the 'warm
water' pool at Invista, Kingston though conditions across the region have
remained challenging for birds and birders alike. Highlights include;
widespread TRUMPETER SWANS, HORNED GREBE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, numerous
SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER,
TUFTED TITMOUSE, FOX SPARROW, and COMMON GRACKLE.



City of Kingston

Invista continues to hold waterfowl in good numbers but diversity this week
has been reduced. Up to 3 SNOWY OWLS have also been seen there and the
NORTHERN SHRIKE continues. Lemoine Point also has NORTHERN SHRIKE, as well
as AMERICAN KESTREL and a pair of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, the latter rather
scarce this year. The city's resident PEREGRINE FALCONS have become regular
at their traditional haunt and can often be seen controlling the Feral
Pigeon population. Both SONG SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continue at
a private feeder on King Street West.



Wolfe Island

With more adults than of late, the island is still the best spot for SNOWY
OWLS in the region, with over 20 recorded mid-week, including at least 1
immaculate male. A single LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen during the week, in with
about 400 SNOW BUNTINGS. A handful of HORNED LARK can also sometimes be
encountered. At least 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK is present on the island and a
red-morph EASTERN SCREECH OWL was photographed on 4th.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS have continued to frequent feeders on Havenwood Trail throughout
the week. Birders are still advised to check with the ferry service (
<http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe>
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/index.shtml#Howe) before
making a special trip here.



Amherst Island

SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst, as well as a couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. A
COMMON GRACKLE was seen on 2nd but has not been seen since. RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN FLICKER were all reported last
weekend from Owl Woods.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and pair of
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue at Gananoque Golf Club. Please respect
private property and stay on the main trail. The HORNED GREBE reported on
the Gananoque River at Marble Rock Road was present until 2nd at least.
North of the city, the FOX SPARROW continues at a private feeder near
Bedford Mills and was seen on 5th. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also seen in
that general location on 2nd. TRUMPETER SWANS have been seen at several
locations from Bedford Mills to Chaffey's Locks and Lower Brewer's Mills
Locks, though a HORNED GREBE at Collins Creek on Perth Road (3rd) was
unexpected. The SONG SPARROW seen at a feeder near Elginburg is still
occasionally seen as are a couple of PURPLE FINCHES there.



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



Mark.

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