Saturday, July 24: A full day tour to Amherst Island and Kingston in search of a great variety of birds. Amherst Island swells in bird numbers at this time, with both local breeders and migrants from afar both stocking up on food before continuing south. Swallow numbers, in particular, can be quite remarkable at this time, with 6 species usually being very well represented on the island. Southbound shorebirds, warblers, vireos and more will be present on the island. After Amherst, we will head to Amherstview Sewage Lagoons where we will likely observe a nice array of gulls, ducks and shorebirds, among others.
What to pack: Please dress for the season, and be sure to take a look at the forecast for the region in which we will be birding a few days out from the tour. Please pack a cooler with the food and drink of your choice. Pack your optical and photographic equipment, as well as your field guides should you wish to consult them during the tour. Although they are not mandatory, I recommend packing a mask for whenever we might be birding in tight spaces.
eBird Checklists: I will take care of all of the checklists for the day, and share them with you when the tour is complete. Your eBird statistics will automatically update when you accept the checklist. If you are not an eBird user, that is perfectly fine; I will email the checklists when I arrive home. You’ll be able to browse through the sightings list without having to be an eBird user.
Washrooms: I will do my best to schedule a washroom break every 90-120 minutes. However, clients can, at any time, use the great outdoors as a rest stop, too!
Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. to catch the 9:30 a.m. ferry over to the island. The ferry fee is $10.00.
Duration: 8 hours.
Cost: $125 per person (HST-included). I do not have a preference when it comes to payment type; I accept e-transfer, cash and cheque.
Register for this tour using the provided sign-up form