Varied Thrush & Owls in Kingston

Bruce Ripley ripley at kingston.net
Tue Jan 21 18:57:39 EST 2003


January 20/03  Prince Edward County
Male VARIED THRUSH and female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Prinyer's Cove in
Prince Edward County.  COOPER'S HAWK, 30 HORNED LARKS, 15 AMERICAN ROBINS on
County Road 7 and a NORTHERN FLICKER along the Babylon Road.  Many
LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, GREATER SCAUP and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
at Prince Edward Point.  GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL at the Napanee Landfill
Site.

January 21/03  Amherst Island
Ken Kingdon and I birded Amherst Island and observed 4 SNOWY OWLS on the
eastern half of the island, 2 BALD EAGLES on the southwest portion of the
island and many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS and
1 NORTHERN HARRIER seen mostly on the eastern half of the island. A lone
SONG SPARROW was seen on the side of the road.  Many RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
were seen in the little amount of open water along the south shore at the
east end.
We snow-shoed into the Owl Woods and found 5 LONG-EARED OWLS in the Jack
Pine Forest and 1 SAW-WHET OWL in a red cedar just north of the Jack Pine
Forest on the south side of the main trail. The LONG-EARED OWLS were at the
entrance of the Jack Pine Forest so instead searching the woods for more
owls, we decided to walk away and not flush the owls on such a cold day.

Two good, but cold days of birding with 43 species.

The VARIED THRUSH can be found at Civic Address # 383 Prinyer's Cove
Crescent which is quite far along this road from #7. It is mandatory that
birders park well off the road and not block
any driveways. The bird can be best viewed by approaching no closer than the
back of the double garage [walk along the left side of the garage] where it
can be viewed at the feeder on the RIGHT side of the house.
Directions: From Picton, take Highway 33 for about 10 km to almost the
Glenora Ferry, then turn onto County Road 7 and follow to
Lake-on-the-Mountain and a further 17 km to Prinyer's Cove Crescent (right
on a corner).

Babylon Road is off County Road 13 which on the way to Prince Edward Point
at the southeast part of the county.

To reach the Napanee Landfill Site, exit off the 401 at exit 570.  Drive
north and take the first right (Beachwood Road).  The Landfill Site is just
on your left.  Permission is needed to bird from the parking lot behind the
first building.

Amherst Island is located 16 km. west of Kingston. Exit off the 401 at exit
593 and drive south to the very end. Turn right on hwy. 33 and drive 300 m.
until you see the sign to the ferry. The ferry leaves the mainland on the
half hour and leaves the island on the hour. Cost is $5.00 round trip. There
are no gas stations on the island. There are restrooms on the ferry, but not
on
the island.  The K.F.N. property is at the easternmost part of the island.
The Owl Woods is at the midway point of the seasonal road located 3.4 km.
east
 from the general store.

Good Birding
Bruce Ripley



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