Sunday, January 14: Today we will bird Amherst Island and some areas inland, in Kingston, in search of owls such such as Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl, Boreal Owl, as well as hawks, falcons, diving ducks and puddle ducks (in Kingston). 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. On Friday, December 29th we observed 17 Snowy Owls, 10 Short-eared Owls, 9 Rough-legged Hawks, 6 Red-tailed Hawks, 5 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Shrike, 1 Northern Harrier and 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl while birding the island.
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Insulated winter boots are mandatory for the hike to and from Owl Woods. Snow pants are also a good item to pack. Snowshoes aren’t required materials in my opinion, but adventurous types may find them useful/exciting to use. Please pack a Field Lunch, some snacks, plenty of water, 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.
Dinner: I am open to having dinner after our tour. Let’s keep this plan open and touch base the afternoon of the tour.
Activity Scale: Out of five stars, with five being a strenuous day, this trip sits at a 2 out of 5 for most birders. Very short walks throughout the day, but we will mostly be birding by car. We have one, longer walk scheduled. Please note that we must walk to Owl Woods from the either Front Road or South Shore Road, making the walk 2-2.2 km longer than what some birders are used to. Due to quite a bit of snow cover, the walk in is quite physical, even with a somewhat well-padded walking path. This walk to and from Owl Woods sits at a perceived 4 out of 5 stars in terms of difficulty. This walk will be our only long walk of the day.
Meet between 9:00 and 9:15 AM at the Millhaven ferry terminal. Carpooling to and from Ottawa is available; please be in touch.
Accommodations: As we are ending our birding day at dusk, it is possible you may wish to stay the night 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
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