[Ontbirds]Kingston Area: Eurasian Wigeon, Hawks and Owls
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sat Jan 27 20:30:24 EST 2007
Despite the cold and wind, it was a great day birding the Kingston Area.
On Amherst Island there was a good selection of hawks and owls including 32
Long-eared, 6 Short-eared and 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl in the "Owl Woods". At
the east end K.F.N. Property, 2 Snowy Owls were observed. A drive around the
island, covering most of the roads, we found 20 Rough-legged Hawks, 8
Red-tailed Hawks, 14 Northern Harrier, 1 American Kestrel and 1 immature
Bald Eagle. Along South Shore Road, a small number of waterfowl were
observed including 12 Gadwall and 1 American Wigeon.
The DuPont Plant Lagoon was loaded with waterfowl including the male
Eurasian Wigeon, 33 American Wigeon, 3 Northern Pintail, 460 Gadwall, 3
Ring-necked Duck , both scaup, 1 Redhead, 28 American Coot and 1 Pied-billed
Grebe. If you require additional information, please email me privately.
Directions: Located 18 km. west of Kingston. Exit off Hwy. 401 at exit
593 (County Rd. 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 Canadian 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. To reach the Owl Woods, turn left (east) at the
four-way stop sign by the general store and drive 3.4 km along Front Rd.
to the (seasonal) Marshall Forty-Foot Rd.
Marshall Forty-Foot Rd. is across the road from house #2320. Drive
along Marshall Rd. to the mid-way point, where there is an "S" in the
road (1.2 km, look for the K.F.N. kiosk which had owl observing ethics).
Park in the gravel lane or off the road edge. ( directions courtesy of
Because of liability issues, visitors to the Kingston Field Naturalists'
property at the east end of Amherst Island MUST be accompanied by a KFN
member. For KFN contact information or how to become a member, please visit
DuPont Plant/Elevator Bay is located on the west side of Kingston along King
Bruce Di Labio
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