Amherst Island & Kingston

Saturday, April 6: Today we will enjoy some excellent spring birding at Amherst Island as well as Kingston environs! We should expect to see large numbers of Birds of Prey and newly-arrived spring migrants, such as Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebe, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Belted Kingfisher, Rusty Blackbird, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Osprey, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Sandhill Crane, Wilson’s Snipe, Double-crested Cormorant, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan. Overall, there should be an excellent variety of waterfowl to enjoy, as well. Migrant Snowy Owls may be sighted on ice floes, so we’ll be sure to scan Lake Ontario with our scopes. After we bird Amherst Island, we will head to Amherstview Sewage Lagoon and then it’s on to either Cataraqui Bay, or Kingston’s Inner Harbour, for duck study!

Outing notes: Dress in seasonal and comfortable clothing, and consider wearing layers, as well. Please consider packing rubber boots (preferably an insulated pair), windbreaker, rainwear, extra socks, coffee/tea, snacks, water, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for the region in which we will be birding to help you decide on what to wear for the trip!

Lunch & Dinner: For today’s tour, please pack a field lunch. I am open to organizing a sit-down meal after the tour; this is something we can chat about during the tour itself 🙂

Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.

Accommodations: N/A

Meet between 9:00 and 9:15 AM at the Millhaven Ferry Terminal to catch the 9:30 AM ferry over to Amherst Island. The ferry costs $9.00; this cost covers both ways.

Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request. Additionally, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements for you.

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, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.

Cost: $75.00 (HST-included)

Duration: 8-8.5 hours

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Spaces remaining: 8

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Additional Information 

Guide to Spring Arrivals

Bird Nerd’s Guide to Spring Arrivals