Saturday, March 30: Today we will enjoy some excellent spring birding at one of eastern Ontario’s top birding locales; Amherst Island! We should expect to see large numbers of Birds of Prey and newly-arrived spring migrants, such as blackbirds, Horned Larks, American Woodcock, Killdeer and Eastern Meadowlarks. There should be a nice variety of waterfowl to enjoy, as well. We will hike Owl Woods, where we will search for roosting owls. This trip coincides with the peak spring passage Northern Saw-whet migration, as well as the beginning of Long-eared Owl migration. We will set some time aside for a visit to the Invista Lagoons/Cataraqui Bay after our day of birding on Amherst Island.
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: 3/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Meet between 9:00 and 9:15 AM at the Millhaven Ferry Terminal to catch the 9:30 AM ferry over to Amherst Island. We will be taking the 5:00 PM return ferry over to the mainland. 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 email@example.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
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