Amherst Island & Kingston

Saturday, October 6: A full-day tour enjoying fall migration at one of eastern Ontario’s top birding destinations: Amherst Island. An excellent array of birds are likely to be seen, including hawks, Bald Eagles, diving ducks, loons, grebes, cormorants, shorebirds, blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows and more. Today, we will be hiking Martin Edwards Reserve as well as portions of Sand Bay Wetlands C.A. and Owl Woods. On our way back to Ottawa, we will stop at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, where we will search for ducks and shorebirds, among others.

Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and so on. It’s a good idea to pack light gloves, a scarf and a toque at this time of year, as well, as it’s often quite blustery.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s tour. I am open to organizing a sit-down dinner in Kingston after the tour is complete.

Activity Scale: 2.5/5

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.

Carpooling: I am unable to drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour, but I am able to provide carpooling for the day. I am also happy to arrange carpooling for you. Please be in touch by email:

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $75.00 (HST included)

Duration: 8-8.5 hours.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Spaces remaining: 6

Registration deadline: Friday, October 5th at 5:00 PM.