Monday, July 19, 2010

July 18,2010 Birding the Kingston area

Spent the morning birding Amherst Island and various locations in the Kingston area. On Amherst Island there was lots of sign that the breeding season has been successful with 100's of young swallows mainly Barn and Tree lined up along the fence lines and telephone wires. Many young Eastern Kingbirds were also observed in family groups. The KFN property had a variety of species including 30+Bobolink, 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 4 Caspian Tern, a late lingering(summering) Horned Grebe and a family of downy young Common Merganser. Later on we did a quick check at the Amherstview sewage lagoon and had a good variety of adult shorebirds including 2 Stilt Sandpiper and 2 Short-billed Dowitcher. Overall another good day birding in the heat and humidity!
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 ."

Normally associated with marshes and waterways the Great Blue Heron is at home hunting in open fields for frogs, voles and anything that may cross its path.

A female Common Merganser with 7 downy young along the shoreline of Amherst Island.

The Caspian Tern is a regular sight along shoreline of Lake Ontario and nearby lakes.

A breeding plumage Horned Grebe was a surprise off Amherst Island. A regular Spring and Fall migrant it is rare during the summer months.

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