Sunday, March 4: Today we will bird Amherst Island in search of Birds or Prey and early migrants, such as blackbirds and Horned Larks. We will cruise open country in search of a wide variety of bird species. We will also hike Owl Woods, where we will search for roosting owls. We will set some time aside for a visit to the Invista Lagoons/Cataraqui Bay after birding on Amherst Island. Overall, expect a nice assortment of birds today!
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 an excellent item to pack. 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. Re: requiring snowshoes, I will touch base ahead of the tour once I know more regarding the latest snow depth.
Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s outing. We will discuss dinner plans for those interested in eating dinner before driving home.
Activity Scale: Out of five stars, with five being a strenuous day, this trip sits at a 3 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, which is our hike to Owl Woods. We will likely be able to drive right to the trailhead of Owl Woods given the current snow level (quite minimal after warm weather and a fair bit of rainfall).
Meet between 10:00 and 10:15 AM at the Millhaven ferry terminal. Carpooling to and from Ottawa is available; please be in touch. We will catch the 5:00 PM return ferry, lining up at Stella dock by 4:45 PM.
Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’
Duration: 8 hours
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