[Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Gray Partridge, Owls and Lapland Longspurs
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Mon Feb 19 09:10:03 EST 2007
Yesterday, February 18th, birded Amherst Island. In the "Owl Woods" we
located 6 Long-eared Owls quietly roosting in the White Cedar grove and
after an extensive search 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl was found at the south
east corner of the field between the cedars and the Jack Pine plantation. At
the entrance into the woods a Northern Shrike was sighted. No luck with
Snowy Owls at the east end of the island and there were numerous
Rough-legged, Red-tailed, and 4 Northern Harrier. Along the south side of
the island there was an impressive concentration of waterfowl packed tight
in the few open leads of water. Highlights included 26 Tundra Swan, 265+
Redhead, 27 Greater Scaup, 9 Lesser Scaup and 26 Gadwall.
We did a quick check at the DuPont Plant lagoon just west of Kingston
and the lagoon was mainly full of Mallards 1000+, Am. Black Duck 125+,
Gadwall 150+, and 9 American Coot.
On Feb.17th birded east of Ottawa and along the St. Lawrence from
Cornwall to Prescott. The Ste.Rose area had a good variety of birds
including 5 Gray Partridge along Concession 17 near house # 2653, 71 Horned
Lark, 238 Lapland Longspur and 562 Snow Bunting. After some searching we
found 1 Snowy Owl. With the recent cold temperatures most of the St.
Lawrence River was frozen except around the power dam and a total of 17
Hooded Mergansers were found as well as 2 ad. Bald Eagle.
Directions: Ste.Rose area: Take highway 417 east from Ottawa past Casselman
to exit 58 (exit for Cornwall). Turn left up County Road 8, then take the
onto Conc. 20. The Ste-Rose Road is the first left and follow north to
Directions: Amherst Island: 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. Due to snow drifting the road is
closed and you must walk in from either the south side or north side.
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 Lagoon is located on the west side of Kingston along King
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