Monday, 17 February 2014

Kingston Area Birds February 8th to 14th, 2014

Birders have been focussing their attention on the eastern section of the
region this week, primarily to view a RED-NECKED GREBE that has taken a
liking to the Gananoque River. Other areas are somewhat lacking this week.
As well as the grebe, other highlights include; widespread TRUMPETER SWANS,
numerous SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.



City of Kingston

Invista continues to hold waterfowl in good numbers but diversity remains
reduced. Both the SNOWY OWLS and the NORTHERN SHRIKE continue. The city's
resident PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen downtown though are by no
means guaranteed. Kingston Mills produced a COMMON REDPOLL yesterday,
perhaps the first of the year.



Wolfe Island

SNOWY OWLS continue to dominate the news, though SNOW BUNTINGS, a single
LAPLANG LONGSPUR and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen last weekend.



Howe Island

The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS continue to be seen and ferry services appear to have improved.
I have been advised that the following link has the most accurate
information on services: <https://twitter.com/HICountyFerry>
https://twitter.com/HICountyFerry.



Amherst Island

SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst, as well as a couple of 'northern' RED-TAILED
HAWKS. LAPLAND LONGSPUR has been seen and RING-NECKED PHEASANTS are becoming
easier to find.



Other Sightings

East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and pair of
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue at Gananoque Golf Club. RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS were also observed at Ivy Lea this week, where good numbers of
COMMON GOLDENEYE are to be seen, along with all three mergansers. A
RED-NECKED GREBE has delighted many on the Gananoque River at Marble Rock
Road and continues to date. Also seen in that general vicinity on Wednesday
were 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. North of the city,
TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be seen at several locations from Bedford Mills
to Chaffey's Locks and Lower Brewer's Mills Locks.



As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.



Mark.

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