Sunday, April 22: A full day birding Amherst Island, Hay Bay and the northeastern part of Prince Edward County in search of a wide variety of spring migrants. While on Amherst we will be primarily birding by vehicle, but we will also hike Martin Edwards Reserve to the wetland complex and back, as well as some of Sand Beach Wetlands C.A. One of our targets today is Little Gull, which would most likely be found among large flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls at Kaiser Crossroad in Prince Edward County. Other birds of interest include: Yellow Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Eastern Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Purple Martin, Bank-Barn-Cliff-Tree-Northern Rough-winged swallows, all three species of scoter, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, more Long-tailed Ducks than you can shake a stick at, Caspian Tern, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon (uncommon) and King Eider (rare) among many others.
Special notice: I am open to providing private touring on Monday, April 23rd. On Monday, we would stop at several more locations in Kingston, then bird our way northeast, back to Ottawa, birding along the St. Lawrence as well as a stop at Mac Johnson Conservation Area near Brockville. Please be in touch if this interests you!
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. Please pack some snacks, plenty of water, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides.
Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s tour.
Activity Scale: This tour sits at a 3/5 for most birders. We will be birding along trails by foot, as well as covering ground by car.
Meet at Millhaven Ferry between 8:00 and 8:15 AM to catch the 8:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’
Duration: 10 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form