Friday, October 30, 2009

October 27, 2009 Birding Amherst Island

Despite the weather forecast of light rain and strong winds, we manged a good day of birding on Amherst Island. Our first stop was the "Owl Woods" where we located a few owls and a very cooperative Long-eared Owl that didn't flush! But unfortunately no Northern Saw-whets Owls and only a few land birds, mainly Golden-crowned Kinglet. An American Woodcock flushed up along the edge of the Jack Pine Plantation. We had our lunch and afterwards I decided to check a couple of spruce trees that were nearby. I noticed some white wash under one tree and looked almost at eye level and there was a Northern Saw-whet Owl with its lunch in its talons.

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 ."

Despite its size the Long-eared Owl can easily be overlooked.

We also missed the Northern Saw-whet Owl.

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