Thursday, December 21: Today we will bird Amherst Island and Cataraqui Bay in search of birds such as Snowy Owls, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl, Boreal Owl, Tundra Swans, hawks, falcons, geese, loons, diving ducks and puddle ducks. Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks will be searched for in open county. Small roosting owls will be searched for in Owl Woods. 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: Please pack plenty of snacks and a field lunch for today’s tour. We will be birding Amherst Island for most of the day, so a field lunch will be necessary.
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 at Millhaven, please meet between 9:00 and 9:10 AM at the Millhaven ferry terminal.
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 what’s right for you.
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 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Registration deadline: Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00 PM.