[Ontbirds]Amherst Island birding
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Mon Jul 17 19:17:22 EDT 2006
Yesterday, July 16th, birded Amherst Island for the morning. Most
productive area was the east end of the island (K.F.N. property). Shorebirds
included 3 adult Short-billed Dowitcher, 6 Wilson's Phalarope and 7 adult
Greater Yellowlegs. We flushed 5 adult Black-crowned Night-Herons out of the
ponds and there were numerous juv. Herring Gulls and 1 juv. Caspian Tern on
the gravel bar. Made a quick stop at Amherstview Sewage Lagoon- water levels
high, 3 first summer Bonaparte's Gull resting, lots of families of Mallards
and a few shorebirds.
Near Ottawa checked the ponds along Moodie Drive near Trail Road
Landfill Site and observed a first summer Lesser Black-backed Gull and 12
Pied-billed Grebe, four adults sitting on nest.
good birding, Bruce
Direction: Amherst Island: Exit off Hwy. 401 at exit 593 (County Road 4,
and drive south to the very end (Millhaven). Turn right on Hwy. 33 and
drive 100 metres until you see the sign for the Amherst Island ferry. The
ferry (20 minute trip) leaves the mainland on the half hour and leaves the
island on the hour. Cost is $6.00 round trip. There are no gas stations on
There are restrooms on the ferry, and at the island ferry dock.
The East End K.F.N. property is at the easternmost part of the island on the
east side of the Lower Forty Foot Road.
Directions: Amherstview S.L.:From Hwy. 401 take exit 593 (County Road 4,
Camden East) south ( 8.5 km) on County Road 4 to Taylor-Kidd Blvd. Turn left
(east) and follow Taylor-Kidd Blvd. (6.5 km) to County Road 6. Continue east
on Taylor-Kidd (.8 km), and watch for a lane on your right after crossing
railway overpass. This is the entrance to the lagoon. If you're coming from
Amherst Island, turn right onto highway 33 and then left on county Road 4.
Continue north (1.5 km) andturn right (east) onto Taylor-Kidd Blvd.
Directions: Moodie Drive Ponds: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Moodie Dr.
and follow Moodie south approx 10 km. to Trail Road. The ponds are along
just south of Trail Road. These ponds are on private property but can be
viewed from the road.
Bruce Di Labio
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