Amherst Island - Owl Woods

Alex & Karen akscott at
Sat Feb 16 10:05:21 EST 2002

No significant change mid-week.  Still 2 SAW-WHET OWLS in the Pine
Woods, usually somewhere along the east margin, and several LONG-EARED
OWLS which have been roosting fairly openly in a large white pine.
Unfortunately, the buildup of LONG-EARED OWLS seems to have encouraged
the return of the NORTHERN GOSHAWK and there was a fresh LONG-EARED kill
yesterday, right at the spot where what appeared to be a pair of
LONG-EARED OWLS keeping close and regular company.  There is also some
indication that there may be 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS in the immediate area.

There was also the report last week of a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER but I
failed to find any sign of it with a fairly intense search on Wednesday.

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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