Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 20, 2011 Birding Amherst Island.

The birding today on Amherst Island was great. We observed 5 Snowy Owls at the east end of the island including 3 on the KFN property. At the gravel bar a single Purple Sandpiper was observed, a late Savannah Sparrow at the pond and the Marsh Wren seen on December 12, was still present in the cattails just west of the bar. Along the South Shore Road a very late Killdeer was noted. At dusk at least 12 Short-eared owls were feeding along Front Road between Stella and the east point.

Amherst Island Ferry. 

The Black -capped Chickadee will welcome you to the Owl Woods. 

A male Northern Cardinal waiting for the feeders to be filled. 

The Red-bellied Woodpecker continues to expand its range into eastern Ontario. 

Amherst Island  can be a great location for Short-eared Owls.

The Short-eared Owl normally feeds at dusk but this individual was out early!   

A Short-eared Owl fly's over investigating.

This Short-eared Owl was "wing clapping" which I thought was unusual for this time of year.. 

A male Snowy Owl  just east of the KFN property. 

Snowy Owls use a variety of perches while hunting. 

A White-breasted Nuthatch waits for an opportunity to be hand fed. 

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