Monday, January 25, 2010

January 23 & 24, 2010 Birding Amherst and Wolfe Island

It was another great day both weather wise and owling today, January 23rd, on Amherst Island. After missing the Boreal Owl yesterday, it was out in the open in the Jack Pine Plantation and a lifer for many birders. At least 3 Northern Saw-whet Owl and 1 Barred Owl were present in the "Owl Woods" and 2 Snowy Owls on the KFN property at the east end of the island. At dusk there were 10+ Short-eared Owls observed at dusk just east of Stella along with 1 Snowy Owl.

Good Birding, Bruce

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.

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 ."

On January 24th spent part of the day birding Wolfe Island. It was quite a contrast to Amherst Island with only a few Red-tailed Hawks but 20+ Bald Eagles mainly along the south side and east end of the island. We did observe 1 Northern Shrike along Carpenters Pt. Road and over 200+ Tundra Swan and 6 Mute Swan. There was 1 American Coot and 3 adult Ring-billed Gull at the Kingston dock. The DuPont Plant lagoon/Elevator Bay had a good variety of ducks including 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 American Wigeon, 9 Ring-necked Duck, both Greater and Lesser Scaup, 7 Hooded Merganser, 2 Gadwall, and 24 American Coot.
Good Birding, Bruce

Wolfe Island Ferry: The Wolfe Island ferry terminal is located in downtown Kingston at the foot of Barrack Street, about 2 blocks east of City Hall. From here the ferry leaves for Wolfe Island about every hour (See schedule) and it is a 20 minute ride to Wolfe Island.

Directions: DuPont Plant: From Hwy. 401 take exit 615 (Sir John A.MacDonald) and proceed south to King St. West and turn right (west). Proceed west past Portsmouth Ave. to Cataraqui (Elevator) Bay where King St. becomes Front Rd. and where the DuPont (Invista) Plant property begins. The DuPont Pond is located by turning left (south) at the traffic lights and left again onto the road through the fence.

A Snowy Owl resting on a Osprey platform with Wolfe island in the background.

One of the 3 Northern Saw-whet Owls in the " Owl Woods".

The Boreal Owl was a lifer for many birders.

This Snowy Owl was drive bombed by Short-eared Owls at dusk.

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