Friday, November 17: Today we will bird Wolfe Island in search of waterbirds such as Snowy Owls, Tundra Swans, hawks, falcons, geese, loons, grebes, diving ducks, and puddle ducks. The various bays around the island hold massive concentrations of Aythya ducks, Redhead and Greater Scaup. Counts of Redhead at this time of year sometimes top 10-15 thousand individuals! Witnessing these massive rafts is something else. This is a great time of year to also see Tundra Swans, massive numbers of Common Loon, and small numbers of Red-throated Loon. Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks will likely have returned to the island by now, as will have Red-tailed Hawks. Horned Larks, American Pipits, Snow Buntings, and possibly Lapland Longspur will be seen throughout the vast agricultural expanses on the island. After a morning birding Wolfe Island, we will take the ferry back to Kingston, where will have a sit down lunch before heading to a few birding sites in town, including Belle Park. This tour will be wrapped up by approximately 4:30-5:00 PM, and we’ll be back in Ottawa by approximately 7:00 PM.
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Some snacks, plenty of water, electrolyte mix, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. Please wear layered clothing, as well as a wind-breaker, as it can be quite chilly by mid November.
Walking: Limited walking this morning.
Driving: We will be driving various roads on Wolfe Island, and visiting a few birding sites in the town of Kingston before heading back to Ottawa. Carpooling to and from Kingston is recommend. I can take three passengers in my vehicle. Please be in touch!
Meet at the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal at 9:00-9:10 AM (20-30 min before scheduled ferry departure): https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Wolfe+Island+Ferry+Terminalfirstname.lastname@example.org,-76.4794069,17.25z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cd2aa561766ab53:0xdcff7c039f4c4520
Method of payment: Cash or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Jon Ruddy’
Duration: 8-8.5 hours
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