Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Timeframe: 9:10 AM to 5:30 PM
Weather: Poor birding conditions from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM; high wind (~40 km/h wind gusts), blowing snow, and quite cold (-20 with the windchill). Conditions improved quite steadily throughout the day; by mid-afternoon, the sun was shining and the temperature was settled at -6 Celsius. The wind had calmed a great deal, as well, reading in at 15 km/h from the NW.
Amherst Island provided a Spectacle of Nature within minutes of us arriving on the island. We observed a total of 38 (!) Short-eared Owls flying right beside Front Road. Views were magical & evocative as the owls sliced, diced, kited and hovered in a snowstorm. Some were seeking refuge from the high winds by tucking in against logs! Birds of Prey were once again showing very nicely throughout the day, especially Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Harriers. Another tremendous and memorable birding day on Amherst Island this winter — already looking forward to Saturday, March 2nd!
Amherst Island — Ferry (AM): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52871121
Amherst Island: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52896344
Amherst Island — Ferry (PM): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52898088
Monday, February 18: Amherst Island & Kingston