Amherst & Wolfe Island Birds
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Mon Jan 14 08:38:58 EST 2002
A visit to Amherst Island and Wolfe Island over the weekend produced
the following species. On January 12th we observed 13 Snowy owls on
Amherst Island, 6 near the eastend (KFN property) and others scattered
around the island. Also at the eastend were 8 Short-eared owls, while
the "Owl Woods" had at least 2 Northern Saw-whets. Overall the hawk
numbers were good with 20 Red-tailed Hawks, 11 Rough-legged Hawks and 12
American Kestrel. Waterfowl were present along the east point (KFN) and
the south shore with 6 Tundra Swan, 30 Gadwall, 1 Redhead and 7 Greater
On January 13th we visited Wolfe Island and found smaller numbers of
hawks & owls (possibly due to the extreme strong winds) with only 5
snowy Owls, 3 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Northern Harrier
but 3 Bald Eagles. Waterfowl numbers were more impressive with 175
tundra Swan, 38 Gadwall, 9 American Wigeon, 2 Northern Pintail, 108
Redhead and 67 Greater Scaup. The biggest surprise was a Purple
Sandpiper at Reeds Bay. The bird was along the shore line opposite house
#153 on Reed's Bay Drive. The bird was very nervous, flying along the
shoreline numerous times and then settling for a few minutes.
Directions (courtesy of Alex Scott):
Amherst Island is 16 km west of Kingston. Take exit # 593 from Highway
401, proceed south on County Road #4 (formerly Highway 133) to
Millhaven on Lake Ontario - the ferry dock is 200m west on Hwy. 33 (Bath
Road). A round-trip costs $5.00. The ferry leaves every hour on the
half-hour from 6:30 am onward.
To get to the "Owl Woods" after getting off the ferry: take the first
left (east), drive 3 km along the north shore road (Front Road) to the
first southbound road called Marshall 40-foot Road (directly across the
road from the 2320 sign). Proceed 1.3 km south to the S-curve. Walk
north-east on the trails.
(NOTE - as reported previously, the road leading to the Owl Woods is
still impassable due to snow drifts.)
Wolfe Island is located off Kingston and the "free" ferry leaves from
downtown Kingston on Ontario Street. Call (613) 548-7227 for departure
times. If you require further details please email me privately.
Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Dr.
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