Monday, November 7, 2011

November 5-6, 2011 Birding Amherst Island

The bird activity continues to change on Amherst Island. On November 5th we observed 26 Rough-legged Hawks, mainly in the center of the island and the following day only 6 could be located. The "Owl Woods" was quiet with only 2 Long-eared Owl, but the feeder area had a good supply of Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. The east point (KFN property) had a late Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 American Golden-Plover , 72 Tundra Swan and a male Barrow's Goldeneye.

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 $9.00 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 contactinformation or how to become a member, please visit ."

Long-eared Owl enjoying the morning sun.

A female Northern Harrier made numerous unsuccessful attempts at an American Black Duck. The duck would dive when the harrier tried for it.

Common Loons were easy to see from the ferry with over 70 counted on our return trip on Nov. 5th.

With no seeds in the feeders the chickadees and nuthatches were glad for the hand out! Remember to bring some sunflower seeds for the feeders.

On November 6th Ben and I counted a variety of dead water birds along the shoreline of the KFN property which included 25 Long-tailed duck, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 White-winged Scoter, and 3 Common Loon.

A late Semipalmated Sandpiper at the gravel point was a surprise.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a regular visitor to the Owl Woods feeder.

The Dunlin is one of our later shorebirds that linger in eastern Ontario during November and sometimes into early December. .

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