Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 12, 2012 More Birding Amherst Island

Hi Everyone
The birding on Amherst Island was again somewhat quiet with only a few raptors. We covered the Owl Woods first and had no small owls but 1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Barred Owl. A visit to the KFN property at the east end of the island produced 1 Snowy Owl on the gravel bar. The hawk numbers were low with only 2 Northern Harrier, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Rough-legged Hawk and 1 American Kestrel. There was a nice flock of 48 Tundra Swans off the gravel point too.
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 meters 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. To reach the Owl Woods, turn left (east) at the four-way stop sign by the general store and drive 3.4 km along Front Rd. to the (seasonal) Marshall Forty-Foot Rd. Marshall Forty-Foot Rd. is across the road from house #2320. Drive along Marshall Rd. to the mid-way point, where there is an "S" in the road (1.2 km, look for the K.F.N. kiosk which had owl observing ethics). Park in the gravel lane or off the road edge.

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 ."

Below are a couple of Snowy Owl photos from Amherst Island.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

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