On Saturday, March 3rd, a flock of EOBirders descended upon Wolfe Island the Kingston’s Inner Harbour for a day of birding. Spring had been in the air in the days preceding the event, so spring arrivals were about and were diligently searched-for. We started our day with a beautiful view of a Cackling Goose among Canada Geese, thanks to Mark Read’s careful eyes picking one out just before our group arrived at the site. We had good birding throughout the day, with nine Snowy Owls, eight Bald Eagles (including a group of six on the ice), two Rough-legged Hawks, one male Northern Harrier and one Red-tailed Hawk. The most significant surprise of the day was an accidentally-flushed Eastern Meadowlark; this same day, seven other Eastern Meadowlarks were seen in the Kingston Study Area. After a tasty lunch on the island, we boarded the ferry and headed to bird Kingston’s Inner Harbour. The inner harbour consists of numerous parkettes/vantages, just off Highway 15 to the E and Montreal Road to the west. We chose Woods Landing Park and Green Bay Park. Numerous duck species were observed, but they happened to be quite distant, and the wind had picked up, so we decided to do a quick search then move along; our highlight was a female Canvasback, but it was tough to see! All in all, a fun day in the field, with great company and some good birds along the way.
Wolfe Island: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43342634
Green Bay Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43352073