Island Birding in Kingston

Sat/Sun, November 3-4: A weekend birding trip in Kingston, enjoying fall birding at some of eastern Lake Ontario’s most excellent fall migration sites. However, this tour is a little different. Unlike most of EOB’s tours, this one is a more geared towards luxury (see Accommodations below). We will begin our weekend by birding Amherst Island in search of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Owls along with waterbirds such as loons, grebes, scoters, large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks and Aythya ducks. Early November typically means peak loon migration on Lake Ontario, so get ready for some photogenic subjects, viewed right from the ferry! We will walk Owl Woods in search of roosting owls, as well as hike a portion of Sand Bay C.A., located on the southwest side of the island. Once back on the mainland, we will bird the Kingston’s Inner Harbour, where typically large numbers of ducks congregate during the spring and fall months. On Sunday morning, we will bird from numerous vantages along Kingston’s waterfront, then catch the ferry over to Wolfe Island, where we will spend the afternoon birding the island. Something to keep in mind is that rarities are possible on Lake Ontario in early November! Purple Sandpiper? King Eider? Black-legged Kittiwake? Pomarine Jaeger? Red Phalarope? Pacific Loon? Anything is possible 🙂

Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and so on. Consider a thermal underlayer if it’s going to be chilly. It’s a good idea to pack light gloves, a scarf and a toque at this time of year, as well, as it’s often quite blustery.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for Saturday’s tour. We will enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner in Kingston on Saturday evening, visiting the AquaTerra restaurant, which is located in the Delta Hotel. On Sunday, we will enjoy a sit-down breakfast before venturing out. As for lunch, please, if you can, pack a field lunch (I say this because I’ll personally be strapped for cash after eating Lobster bennies for breakfast, so, I’d prefer just to make a sandwich). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Activity Scale: 2/5

Accommodations: For this tour, the group will be staying at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel on Saturday night. This hotel overlooks Lake Ontario and is located about 500 meters west of the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal.

Photo: Overlooking Lake Ontario, as seen from a sample room at the Delta Waterfront Hotel. Not shown: Kowa TSN-883 spotting scope.

Accommodations Disclaimer: For those interested in other accommodations, please let me know, as ultimately I am okay with clients staying elsewhere. Just be sure to join us for dinner, at least 🙂

Meet between 9:00 and 9:15 AM at the Millhaven Ferry Terminal to catch the 9:30 AM ferry over to Amherst Island.

Carpooling: I can drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour. I am also happy to arrange carpooling for you. Please be in touch by email:

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $150.00 (HST included)

Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding each day.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form