Amherst Island - Raptors etc.

Alex & Karen akscott at
Mon Feb 4 12:00:41 EST 2002

No real change from the Island this weekend.  Saturday was a gorgeous
day with lots of sunshine and not much wind and the hawks were
everywhere in the fields east of the village especially but everywhere
on the Island as well.

Still 2 SAW-WHET OWLS in the Owl Woods as well as a few scattered here
and there at other sites on the Island.  There are still a number of
SNOWY OWLS and SHORT-EARED OWLS scattered here and there, the latter
being rather unreliable as to location and times.  The occasional
NORTHERN SHRIKE still to be seen too.

Among all the common birds in the woods, there also appeared to be a
HOARY REDPOLL but I wasn't able to get a good enough look at it to be

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.  (Beware of killer Chickadees - Bring
sunflower seeds for hand feeding if at all possible!)

Alex. Scott

Alex & Karen <akscott at>

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