Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.
NOTE: Information regarding road closures on Amherst Island due to the installation of wind turbines can be found at http://amherstislandwindproject.com/site_main/index.php/construction-updates /. Highlights: Milder weather continued this week with a major thaw and heavy rains. Southerly winds on 20th/21st brought numerous blackbirds to the area while the milder conditions have now cleared lake ice from the south shore of Amherst Island and much of Kingston's Inner Harbour. Here are the highlights of the last week: NORTHERN SHOVELER - a newly arrived male showed up at Wilton Creek, Morven on 21st. NORTHERN PINTAIL - a wintering male was seen on Wolfe Island on 19th, with 8 fresh arrivals there on 21st and another 4 at Wilton Creek, Morven the same day. CANVASBACK - a single bird was seen in Kingston's Inner Harbour on 21st. Redhead (150), Greater Scaup (20) and Lesser Scaup (15) are also back at this location in small numbers. GLAUCOUS GULL - an immature was seen near Belle Island, Kingston on 23rd. SNOWY OWL - birds continue to be seen on Wolfe and Amherst Islands where constant turnover is apparent. A count of 37 was made on Amherst on 18th, though birds were mainly found on the ice around the island. On Wolfe, 18 were counted on 22nd. All farmland on both islands is private - please no trespassing. PEREGRINE FALCON - the resident downtown Kingston birds were seen on several occasions this week. MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD - seen for just a few minutes, a male was present at a property near Gananoque on 18th. News broke late in the week but unfortunately it couldn't be relocated. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - a single bird was seen at a feeder near Westport on 18th. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - although present in reasonable numbers at a couple of locations throughout the winter, genuine arrivals showed up on Wolfe Island on 20th, with upwards of 500 coming through on 21st. COMMON GRACKLE - a single wintering bird was again seen at Ivy Lea on 21st. New arrivals were seen on Wolfe Island on 21st and Florida Road on 22nd. RED CROSSBILL - birds were seen near Verona on 22nd/23rd with another north of Sydenham on 22nd. In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy <http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/birding/KFN_sensitive_sightings_policy. pdf> . Please note that you must be a member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve. As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings directly or via eBird. Mark. Mark D. Read 337 Button Bay Road, Wolfe Island, Kingston, Ontario K0H 2Y0 Canada Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246 Email: <mailto:markdr...@gmail.com> markdr...@gmail.com eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species <http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-repor ting-sensitive-species> _______________________________________________ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) - the provincial birding organization. Send bird reports to firstname.lastname@example.org For information about ONTBIRDS including how to unsubscribe visit http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdssetup Posting guidelines can be found at http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdsguide Visit the OFO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OntarioFieldOrnithologists