Birding weekend in Kingston

Sat/Sun April 14-15: A weekend spent enjoying spring migration at some of eastern Ontario’s best migration sites. All sorts of spring arrivals are expected this weekend, so hang on tight and enjoy the birding ride! We will bird Amherst Island and Wolfe Island, as well as locations inland, including Invista Lagoons/Cataraqui Bay, Portsmouth Harbour, and Kingston’s Inner Harbour, including Belle Island. We are likely to visit the eastern edge of Prince Edward County, specifically Kaiser Cross Road, for shorebirds and gulls as well. We will take the Glenora Ferry over to the island. With regards to the latter, Little Gulls may have arrived in eastern ON this weekend, so we’ll be on the lookout for them. A vast array of birds are likely to be seen this weekend, with a beautiful mixture of winter birds and spring migrants expected. The first migrant warblers, Pine and Yellow-rumped, are possible this weekend (among countless other beautiful spring birds). Please see EOB’s Guide to Spring Arrivals for further details: http://eontbird.ca/?p=5525

Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Waterproof footwear is recommended, and rain jacket/rain pants are also useful items to have on-hand during spring birding outings. Pack rubber boots as well, as the trails may be quite wet at this time. Please pack some snacks, plenty of water, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides.

Lunch & Dinner: Please pack your own lunch for Saturday’s tour. I will schedule a sit-down dinner for the group on Saturday night. We will enjoy a sit-down lunch at a cafe on Wolfe Island on Sunday. No dinner will be scheduled for Sunday evening.

Activity Scale: I rate the weekend as a whole at a 3-4/5. We will be birding both by car and by foot throughout the weekend. Several longer walks will be scheduled throughout the weekend, including a walk at Martin Edwards Reserve (3 km round trip) and Owl Woods (2.5 km round trip) and Belle Island (2.5 km round trip). Most other walks throughout the weekend will be quite a bit shorter in order to balance the energy demand of the weekend.

Accommodations: You must book your accommodations. Ultimately, I am comfortable having clients stay where they prefer, but please do let me know where you are staying when you sign up for the trou. I will be staying at the Comfort Inn on Saturday evening, located at 55 Warne Crescent.  Website: http://www.kingstoncomfortinn.com/

Meet at the Millhaven ferry terminal on Saturday, between 9:00-9:15 AM to catch the 9:30 AM ferry over to Amherst Island.

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use eontbird@gmail.com as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $140.00

Duration: Approximately 9 hours of birding each day

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Note: this tour is capped at 12 participants. At present, 8 openings remain.