Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 5 and 6 , 2011 Birding the Kingston area

The birding in the Kingston region continues to be good. Today, January 5th, Ben and I birded Amherst Island for the day and we had a number of owls on the island. During the morning we located 4 Northern Saw-whet Owls and a group of 9 Long-eared Owls roosting together. In the afternoon we returned to the "Owl Woods" and located 1 Boreal Owl. An dusk, we saw 3 Short-eared Owl near Stella along with 2 Northern Shrike. On January 6th we spent sometime at the Dupont Plant and observed a varying of waterfowl including 1250+ Redhead, 2000+ Greater Scaup, 120+ Ring-necked Duck, 1 Canvasback, 3 American Wigeon, 36 Gadwall, 24 Hooded Merganser, and 9 Tundra Swan along with 23 American Coot.

An Eastern Cottontail resting in the woods.

A Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

A Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting in a Buckthorn.

Another Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting.

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a regular winter visitor to the Kingston area.

The Long-eared Owl is very gregarious and can sometimes roost in large groups.
How many can you see!

The Boreal Owl is a rare visitor to the Kingston area.

A Gray Squirrel "Red Morph" was a surprise in Kingston.

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