Spring Wildlife Tour

On Sunday April 10th, 30 people braved the unseasonably cold, spring morning for the Spring Wildlife Tour of the Inner Harbour, co-hosted by the Kingston Field Naturalists and Wellington X.

Our tour guides, Lesley Rudy and Gaye Beckwith, took us on a lovely walk along the water in Douglas Fluhrer Park, and then along the trail to Belle Island. Various Kingston Field Naturalists, including Paul McKenzie, Janis Grant and Mike, were kind enough to bring and share their telescopes and binoculars. Thank you!

Along the route, we also stopped at the narrowest point in Douglas Fluhrer Park to note that if the Wellington Street Extension were to be built, that with a 26 metre right-of-way there would be no park left. We also talked about the City of Kingston’s upcoming Community Visioning Exercise that will feed into the Secondary Plan Process, and the importance of community participation in upcoming city meetings, so that we can not only strongly articulate our opposition to the WSE, but also affirm our support for public waterfront access, public green space, sustainable transportation and so much more.

On our walk, we saw and heard 31 different species of birds, including red-winged black birds, golden-crowned kinglets, goldfinches, chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers. We also saw the handiwork of some beavers.

2016-04-10 spring tour beavers

Gaye also told us about ebird.org, a website where you can document the species you see in different locations around the world. I was curious, so I logged in and saw that in Douglas Fluhrer Park 78 species of birds have been reported being seen. And in Belle Park 87 species have been seen. It’s pretty amazing that we can see this level of biodiversity in our neighbourhood. Gaye and others reported the 31 species we saw that morning. The list is below.

If you would like to do some bird watching, Kingston Field Naturalists are hosting bird walks every Wednesday in May at Lemoine Point (south entrance near the airport) at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm. Please bring your own binoculars. For more info about this, please contact Gaye: beckwithb(at)sympatico(dot)ca or 613-376-3716.

– Sayyida Jaffer

2016-04-10 spring tour group

31 species total (reported on April 10th). Note that an x is indicated when the number of that species was not able to be verified (i.e., too many in a group, etc).

  • 10 Canada Goose
  • 1 Gadwall
  • 6 Mallard
  • 200 Greater Scaup
  • 12 Bufflehead
  • 1 Common Loon
  • 35 Double-crested Cormorant
  • 2 Great Blue Heron
  • X Ring-billed Gull
  • 6 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Hairy Woodpecker
  • 2 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • X American Crow
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 Brown Creeper
  • 5 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 9 American Robin
  • X European Starling
  • 1 American Tree Sparrow
  • 1 Dark-eyed Junco
  • X Song Sparrow
  • 4 Northern Cardinal
  • X Red-winged Blackbird
  • X Common Grackle
  • 5 American Goldfinch
  • 2 House Sparrow

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