Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 8, 2010 More Amherst Island Birding

Spent the late afternoon birding Amherst Island today. Managed a quick check of the Owl Woods with 1 Long-eared Owl resting quietly. After a beautiful sunset and the Short-eared Owls began to get active. There were 6 individuals at the east end of Amherst Island, KFN property and another 12 just east of the village of Stella feeding over the fields. It's hard to know what the winter will be like on the island for raptors but we noted lots of meadow vole tracks and tunnels but hawk numbers were low.
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 ."

The Long-eared Owl is a regular winter resident on Amherst Island but numbers vary each winter. Most flush easily, so always keep a safe distance.

A Short-eared Owl over the KFN proprty at the east end of Amherst Island at dusk. Numbers vary winter to winter depending on the food supply.

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