Amherst Island & Kingston

Wednesday, November 14: A full day birding Amherst Island in search of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Owls, along with waterbirds such as loons, grebes, scoters, large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks and Aythya ducks, dabbling ducks, American Coots and more. We will walk Owl Woods in search of roosting owls, as well as a portion of Sand Bay C.A., located on the southwest side of the island. We will bird Invista Pond along with Cataraqui Bay once we make it back to the mainland. Here, massive numbers of ducks typically show very nicely, especially in the late-afternoon light.

Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, windbreaker, layered clothing, comfortable and insulated hiking shoes, and so on. Consider wearing a thermal underlayer. It’s a good idea to pack winter gloves, a scarf/neck warmer and a toque, as well. I will pack extra ‘winter gear’ in case it’s needed.

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

Activity Scale: 2/5

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 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: $75.00 (HST included)

Duration: 8-8.5 hours

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

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