[Ontbirds]Amherst Island Birds

Bruce Di Labio bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sun Aug 13 19:55:58 EDT 2006

Hi Everyone
    Birded Amherst Island today, August 13, 2006. Spent much of  the time at 
the east end (KFN) property. Highlights included 1 juv. Stilt Sandpiper, 7 
juv. Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Great Egret and 1 American Bittern. The ponds 
were very low with Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, both Yellowlegs, 8 
Semipalmated Plover and one breeding plumage Black-bellied Plover.
    At the gravel bar 37 Caspian Tern and a flock of 26 adult  Greater 
Yellowlegs were seen.  During the morning between 1 and 3 thousand swallows, 
mainly Tree and Barn were observed feeding over the fields with a smaller 
number of Bank, Cliff and Rough-winged. Overhead at least 50+ Bobolinks were 
heard calling.
    We made a quick stop at Amherstview Sewage Lagoon and 80+ Bonaparte's 
Gull were observed. All the cells were high.
                                                    good birding , Bruce

Amherst Island: Exit off Hwy. 401 at exit 593 (County Road 4, Camden East)
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
the island.
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.

Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Drive
P.O.Box 538
Carp,Ontario,K0A 1L0
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