Island Birding in Kingston

Sat/Sun, November 3-4: A weekend birding trip in Kingston, enjoying fall birding at some of eastern Lake Ontario’s most excellent fall migration sites. arly November typically means peak loon migration on Lake Ontario, so get ready for some photogenic subjects, viewed right from both ferries. We will begin our weekend by birding Wolfe Island in search of birds of prey, Snowy Owls, Short-eared Owls, Tundra Swans, diving ducks, loons, Lapland Longspur and more. On Saturday afternoon, after we arrive back on the mainland, we will bird Portsmouth Harbour along with Cataraqui Bay in search of loons, grebes and Aythya ducks such as Canvasback and Redhead. On Sunday we will bird our way to Amherst Island. We will likely bird the Sillsville area of Hay’s Bay, where Aythya ducks and Ruddy Ducks typically roost in good numbers in the fall along with Upper Gap Lookout and Finkle’s Shoreline Park. Once on Amherst Island, we will search for Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Owls along with waterbirds such as loons, grebes, scoters, large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks and Aythya ducks such as Greater Scaup. We will also be walking Owl Woods in search of small roosting owls. Something to keep in mind is that rarities are possible on Lake Ontario in early November! Purple Sandpiper? King Eider? Black-legged Kittiwake? Pomarine Jaeger? Red Phalarope? Pacific Loon? Anything is possible…the cup is always half-full with EOB 🙂

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. Consider a thermal underlayer if it’s going to be chilly. 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: On Saturday, we will enjoy a sit-down lunch while on Wolfe Island. On Sunday, we have a sit-down breakfast across the street from our Motel, at Tammy’s Country Kitchen. As for lunch on Sunday, please pack a field lunch.

Dinner: I will be making dinner reservations at a great spot in Napanee on Saturday evening. There will be no group dinner planned for Sunday evening.

Activity Scale: 2.5/5

Accommodations: For this tour, the group will be staying at the Fox Motor Inn in Napanee the night of Saturday, November 3rd. This is a very clean and quiet motel. Check the online ratings to see for yourself. Please note that you must book your accommodations yourself.

Meet at the Kingston Ferry Dock between 10:00 – 10:15 AM to catch the 10:30 AM ferry over to Wolfe Island. For those participating on Sunday’s tour, please 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 can drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour. 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: $150.00 (HST included)

Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding each day.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Spaces remaining (Wolfe Island, November 3): FOUR

Spaces remaining (Amherst Island, November 4): ONE