Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009 Boreal Owl on Amherst Island.

Late this afternoon, Ben and I spent a few hours birding Amherst Island. We managed to see 5 species of owls, 1 Boreal, 3 Northern Saw-whet, and 5 Long-eared Owls in the "Owl Wood's". It was interesting towards dusk, when the Boreal Owl started to become more active and moving perches around the tree. At dusk, we saw 1 Snowy Owl, at the east end of the island (KFN), just as the light was starting to fade. Along Front Road, just east of Stella, we watched 5 Short-eared Owl hunting and vocalizing over the fields.

Good Birding, Bruce and Ben

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 ."

Well concealed, this Boreal Owl was easy to overlook.

The Long-eared Owl is a regular visitor to the "Owl Woods".

After a somewhat quiet fall for owls on Amherst Island, December 30,2009 was a great day for viewing and at least 3 Northern Saw-whet Owls were found.

All were in the open and easy to spot.

The Northern Saw-whet Owls were found between 3 and 6 feet off the ground while the Boreal Owl was around 15-20 feet high.

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