Amherst Island & Kingston

Sunday, April 28: Today we will enjoy some superb spring birding at one of eastern Ontario’s top birding locales; Amherst Island! A great collection of birds should be seen today, including birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, Snowy and Short-eared owls and Northern Shrike. Tundra Swans will have returned, as will have large numbers of Bonaparte’s Gulls. Within the swirling flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls, we’ll endeavour to see Little Gulls.  New shorebird arrivals include both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, among the continuing Wilson’s Snipes and American Woodcocks. Additional springtime highlights include both Common and Red-throated Loon, both Horned and Red-necked grebes, Virginia Rails, American Bitterns, multiple sparrow species and up to five species of swallow. Four species of warbler are possible by very late-April, as is Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, and Rusty Blackbird. We will be birding mostly by vehicle today, but we’ll also be birding by foot, at Sand Bay Conservation Area, as well as some of Martin Edwards Reserve. Although peak warbler movement is still a few weeks away, the above list will likely highlight just how good the birding can be during late-April here in eastern Ontario! We will be mostly birding by vehicle today, but we will also be hiking some of Sand Bay Conservation Area as well as Martin Edwards Reserve; this hike should take approximately 2.5 hours to complete and is about 4 km in length, round-trip.

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: 8.5 to 9 hours

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Spaces remaining: 9

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Additional Information 

2018 Amherst Island & Kingston Trip Report

Guide to Spring Arrivals

Bird Nerd’s Guide to Spring Arrivals