Saturday, March 12: One of Eastern Ontario Birding’s most popular fall/winter outings: a full-day quest to observe Hawks and Owls and everything in between. A visit to Amherst Island in the fall always produces neat sightings. We will search for 6-8 species of hawks, falcons and eagles (Red-tailed, Rough-legged, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Merlin, Bald Eagle, etc.) and 4-5 species of owls (Saw-whet, Barred, Long-eared, Snowy, Short-eared) among many other over-wintering birds.
What to pack: Ice Grippers are mandatory items to pack during winter tours. 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. Please note that the cost to take the ferry is $10 (total for there and back). They accept cash and also debit on the ferry.
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. at the Millhaven Ferry Terminal to take the 9:30 a.m. ferry over to Amherst Island. We will be taking the 5:00 p.m. return ferry back to the mainland.
Duration: 8 hours.
Cost: $135 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 outing by using this sign-up form