Sunday, February 1, 2009

Amherst Island Birding

Spent another morning birding Amherst Island. The "Owl Woods" was active with 4 Northern Saw-whet Owls, 2 Long-eared Owls, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barred Owl. No luck with the Boreal Owl which was seen yesterday afternoon. Did a quick check along the South Shore road and observed 3 Snowy owl and there was along the channel seen from the ferry. Also a noticeable increase in gulls, 60+ mainly Herring but 2 first winter Iceland Gulls were also noted. Please review OFO's Ethical Birding Principles.

Saturday was a busy day on Amherst Island

There is lots of snow on Amherst Island. It is recommended
that you not drive down the road to the Owl Woods but that
instead, you park along the South Shore Road and walk
in. Be careful when parking along the South Shore Road:
do not block the road and be cautious around the
soft shoulders.

Normally very skittish, this pair of Long-eared Owls was very obliging.

A Northern Saw-whet Owl resting during the day.

Good birding,

Directions: Amherst Island: Located 18 km. west of Kingston. Exit off Hwy. 401 at exit 593 (County Rd. 4, Camden East) and drive south to the very end (Millhaven). Turn right on Hwy. 33 and drive 100 metres until you see the sign for the Amherst Island ferry. The ferry (20 minute trip) leaves the mainland on the half hour and leaves the island on the hour. Cost is $8.00 Canadian round trip. There are no gas stations on the island. There are restrooms on the ferry, and at the island ferry dock. The East End K.F.N. property is at the easternmost part of the island on the east side of the Lower Forty Foot Road. To reach the Owl Woods, turn left (east) at the four-way stop sign by the general store and drive 3.4 km along Front Rd. to the (seasonal) Marshall Forty-Foot Rd. Marshall Forty-Foot Rd. is across the road from house #2320. Drive along Marshall Rd. to the mid-way point, where there is an "S" in the road (1.2 km, look for the K.F.N. kiosk which had owl observing ethics). Park in the gravel lane or off the road edge. Because of liability issues, visitors to the Kingston Field Naturalists' property at the east end of Amherst Island MUST be accompanied by a KFN member. For KFN contact information or how to become a member, please visit

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