[Ontbirds]Amherst Island: Red-throated Loon,Whimbrel & Migrants
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sun May 27 19:10:27 EDT 2007
Today, May 27th birded Amherst Island and Chaffeys Lock area. There were
a number of interesting species at the east end of the island (KFN
property). We observed 3 Brant,1 Red-throated Loon, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1
Horned Grebe, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Wilson's Phalarope, and 2 Long-tailed Duck. On
our way down we made a brief stop along Opinicon/Chaffeys Lock Road and
despite the light rain had 2 male Golden-winged Warbler, 6 Cerulean Warbler,
4 Yellow-throated Vireo, and 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
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 now $8.00 Canadian
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. Please read below.
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
Directions: Chaffeys Lock/Opinicon Road: Opinicon Road is north of
Kingston. From Hwy. 401 take county road 10 (exit 617) north towards
Westport for about 20 kilometres. Roughly 1 or 2 kms. past Perth Road
Village on the right is Opinicon Road. Turn right and drive towards
Chaffeys Lock making regular stops along the way to listen. Anywhere
along Opinicon Road is can be good. The old railway line or the Rideau
Trail system opposite Skycroft Campgrounds are great for birding.
From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Hwy.7 to Carleton Place. Turn left
onto Hwy.15 and follow past Smiths Falls and continue towards Kingston.
After passing Crosby start watching for Chaffeys Lock Road on your right.
Bruce Di Labio
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