Kingston Field Naturalists Field Trip to Prince Edward Point

Paul Mackenzie mackenzp at
Sun May 5 17:00:13 EDT 2002

Field Trip Report  Ron Weir
Prince Edward Point, 2002 May 5

This annual spring field trip to PEPt was greeted by a clear cold dawn (
0 o C) without a breeze that allowed the 27 participants including the
leaders Paul Mackenzie and Ron Weir a splendid view of the surface of
L. Ontario.   Large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks, White-winged Scoters, 
Red-breasted Mergansers,along with Common Loons, two Red-necked Grebes and 
Horned Grebes were easily viewed until the breeze became brisk from the SW 
at which time the waterfowl became invisible among the white caps.

As we birded our way along the peninsula heading towards the PEPt NWA
and the lighthouse, pockets of warblers, vireos and flycatchers were
met.  Pt Traverse held fairly good numbers for the early date with
excellent variety by which time the temperature had climbed to about 15
o C.  The total species for the day amounted to 136 with 127 at PEPt
itself and an additional nine at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoon on our
return journey.

Among these were 19 species of waterfowl, 8 species of raptors, 6
species each of swallows and thrushes, and 22 species of warblers.  The
highlights included a Goshawk, Merlin, solitary Sandpiper, one
Blue-winged and two Golden-winged Warblers, one male Prairie Warbler,
  and a few Evening Grosbeaks.

Worth mentioning also: Gr. Crested Flycatcher, Cerulean, Canada, Parula, 
Wilsons Warblers, Gnatcatcher, Catbird, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet 
Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrows.

Prince Edward Point is found from Picton Ontario by taking county roads 8, 
17, 16, and 13 to the tip of the peninsula. (The Glenora ferry from 
Kingston is out of service until the provincial strike ends.)

Paul Mackenzie,
Kingston, Canada.
<mackenzp at

Paul Mackenzie <mackenzp at>

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