[Ontbirds]Amherst Island - Marbled Godwit etc.

Chris Kimber cmkimber at gmail.com
Sun Jun 1 22:07:54 EDT 2008


Martin Mallet, Anne-Claire Larochette and I birded Amherst Island and
the Amherstview sewage lagoons this afternoon.  The latter produced
little of interest (high water levels in all lagoons), though there
was a male Ruddy Duck present.

Amherst yielded some good shorebirding at the E. end of the island,
right at the tip of the KFN property.  The highlight was a flyby by a
pair of Marbled Godwit, perhaps the same birds which were present last
weekend, though that they would not have departed would be a surprise
to me.  Those birds headed north from the pond towards the NE tip of
the island.  In addition, at least one Baird's Sandpiper and a pair of
Leasts joined the large flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers and a few
Dunlin in the pond at the end tip of the property.  At least 5,
probably more, Wilson's Phalaropes of both sexes were flying up and
down the length of the KFN property and affording stunning views the
entire time we were present there.  There was another large flock of
Semipals feeding in a sheep field about 300m W of the KFN property
entrance, but no other species were present with them.

Owl Woods was quiet, the wave of migrants largely passed and only
residents remaining, but of some note was a Grasshopper Sparrow
present along Marshall Forty Foot Road just south of the Owl Woods
entrance.

Directions to 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 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.  The Owl Woods are located at the S-bend along
Marshall Forty Foot Road, which is the N-S line to the E of Stella Rd.

Chris Kimber
Dept. of Biology
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
neongolden at gmail.com


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