Fall Birds in Kingston, Ontario: A Photo Essay

Updated on January 19, 2019
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I started getting into bird photography in the beginning of 2018 and wanted to share the photos that I took in the Kingston, Ontario area.

Fall Birds Near My House

I have been taking photos of birds since the beginning of 2018. Each season I have shared my photos in these photo essays. I have covered winter, spring and summer. To complete the year, here are my bird photos for fall.

All of the photos were captured in a wooded area near my house. There were many birds still around in the fall, including mourning doves, house finches, American goldfinches, house sparrows, Philadelphia vireo, robins, rusty blackbirds, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees. I hope you will enjoy looking through this photo essay of autumn birds in the Kingston area.

Still Lots of Birds in the Fall

When fall arrived, I was worried that all the birds would fly south. While some birds did migrate south, there were still many resident birds in the Kingston area. I was able to capture some of these birds this past autumn season. In this photo essay, you will see a collection of all of my bird images that I have taken over the cooler months.

Mourning Dove

These birds were also spotted in the summer months. They aren't the most flashy or colourful birds. Their neutral brown plumage reminds me of earthy clay.

There are a few things I like about this photo. One, it shows the dove up-close. You can see a lot of detail in its feathers and dark eye. Two, I like the branches that radiate out from the bird. All of the branches almost look like they point right to the main subject, the dove.

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove | Source

House Finch

I love these birds for their small size and bright red feathers. They add a dash of colour to the drab grey hues of late fall and winter.

It's clear that the focal point in this photo is the house finch. However, all of the branches really create clutter in the photo. It was too bad I couldn't get a much tighter shot of the bird.

House Finch
House Finch | Source

American Goldfinch

This fall was the first time I saw an American goldfinch in the area. They are definitely very pretty birds with their yellow feathers. I captured this one on a gloomy cloudy day. The bird sure cheered me up.

This photo contains sharp contrast. As you can see, everything surrounding the bird is dingy, drab, dying and looks rather unattractive. The only thing beautiful in this photo is the goldfinch. It definitely stands out from the surrounding.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch | Source

House Sparrow

These birds are relatively common in the area. I often see them in the city streets. They aren't the most colourful birds. Their brown coat helps them blend in with the environment.

I like this photo for the sense of movement in it. The bush is sloping down and appears to go down from left to right. All of the birds are looking to the right. If you follow their eye line, it's going to the right side. There is an overall sense of rightward movement in this photo.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow | Source

Philadelphia Vireo

This vireo was captured in the early fall. You can tell by the green leaves on the tree. These birds have a bit of colour to them. You can see some yellow on their wings.

In this photo, the bird is well camouflaged. You might miss it if you didn't look carefully.

Philadelphia Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo | Source


I have seen these birds throughout the year. They are very common in the area. Their orange chest is definitely one of their distinguishing features.

This photo doesn't show the robin in the best light. There isn't much light on the bird so it appears a bit dark. There are also some distracting elements in the photo. I'm mainly talking about the branches in the background that take away from the bird. It's not a bad photo, but not one of the better ones.

Robin | Source

Rusty Blackbird

This fall was the first time I saw a rusty blackbird. They are mostly grey and black. What makes them special is their bright, shining eyes. Very electrifying!

There are a lot of distracting elements in this photo. All of the branches in the photo compete with the bird for your attention. However, the shape and the eye of the bird hopefully win.

Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird | Source


Woodpeckers are relatively common birds in the area. I have seen them in the winter as well. Not many in the spring and summer. The sound of their pecking is one of the first signs that they are around.

In this photo, I really like how close I was able to get to the bird. However, it was in the shadow so there wasn't much light on the bird. That's why it appears dark. You can't see many details on the bird. Too bad I couldn't get it with more light.

Woodpecker | Source


Nuthatches are unique birds as they like to walk along tree trunks, defying gravity. I have seen them in the winter months. Like the woodpecker, I don't see them in the summer.

I like this photo because you can see the bird hanging upside down. It looks rather small in this photo. I wished that I could have gotten a tighter shot of it.

Nuthatch | Source


Chickadees are such cute birds. Their small size makes them very loveable. I have seen these birds in the winter time as well. They are definitely resident birds.

In this photo, I was able to get a tight shot of a chickadee. You can clearly see its black eye, which can be hard to make out sometimes as it's the same colour as its head. The branches in the background are a bit distracting but they make interesting shapes. Overall, it's not a bad photo.

Chickadee | Source

Questions & Answers


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      • Simon Lam profile imageAUTHOR

        Simon Lam 

        16 months ago

        Hi Mary!

        It's too bad you don't see them. Maybe you can take more walks in your neighbourhood/cottage. I'm sure you will see them if you do!

        Take care!

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        Mary Norton 

        16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We know they stay as our neighbours show us pictures but we don't.

      • Simon Lam profile imageAUTHOR

        Simon Lam 

        17 months ago

        Hi Mary!

        Thank you for your comment! Some of these birds (eg. chickadee, woodpecker, etc) are around in the winter. I hope you will see them. They are a delight!

        Take care!

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        Mary Norton 

        17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We have the same birds in the cottage and it is sad not to see them these days. We will have to wait in the Spring.


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