Saturday, December 9: Today we will bird Cataraqui Bay, Belle Island and Wolfe Island in search of birds such as Snowy Owls, Tundra Swans, hawks, falcons, geese, loons, and diving ducks, and puddle ducks. A nice variety of waterfowl are likely to be observed at Cataraqui Bay and Belle Island and the various bays around the island hold massive concentrations of Aythya ducks such as Redhead and Greater Scaup. Early to mid December is a good time of year to see small rafts of Canvasback among other diving ducks. This is a great time of year to also see Tundra Swans, numbers of Common Loon, and small numbers of Red-throated Loon. Short-eared Owls, Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks are our bird of prey goals during our afternoon birding Wolfe Island. Other birds of interest such as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspur will likely be seen throughout the vast agricultural expanses on the island. Rarities are possible at this time of year, with Gyrfalcon and Great Cormorant leading the way as hoped for possibilities!
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Some snacks, plenty of water, sturdy and insulated footwear, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. Please dress warmly and wear layered clothing.
Lunch: We will have a sit down lunch before boarding the ferry over to Wolfe Island.
Walking: Some walking, but mostly car-birding today
Meet at 8:00 AM at Mallorytown OnRoute. We can arrange (further) carpooling arrangements from here. For those happy to meet in Kingston, please meet at 9:00 AM at Trailhead Place, off of King Street W, see pin: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/44%C2%B013’08.9%22N+76%C2%B032’19.0%22Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,-76.5399011,294m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x4cd2ab0674408ea9:0x76a5497715d6d9ea!2sKingston,+ON!3b1!8m2!3d44.2311717!4d-76.4859544!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d44.219139!4d-76.5386056
Accommodations: As we are ending our birding day at dusk, I recommend staying in Kingston after the tour. There are a variety of accommodations in town, so please simply choose your own. For those staying the night (myself included) I will make dinner arrangements. Please be in touch
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
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form