[Ontbirds] Wolfe Island - Snowy Owls and early migrants

Chris Kimber cmkimber at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 23:34:39 EDT 2009

Margaux Rat and I spent a few low-key hours covering a portion of the
western end of Wolfe Island today on our bikes.  It was quiet overall,
but we came up with lingering 3 Snowy Owls still lingering around, the
first juxtaposed with Killdeer calling on the wing in front of it.
Two were nice white males, one flaunting the wind farm development by
using a portable toilet roof as its lookout.  This is surely the
trailing edge of a fantastic year for these birds in the Kingston
region.  A couple of Rough-legged Hawks remained but there seems to
have been a strong flight out in the last week or so, and Red-tails
are again the most common Buteo.

An Eastern Bluebird was best of the returning migrants as it is not a
common bird on Wolfe.  Horned Larks seem to have completely replaced
Snow Buntings.  A small flock of Wild Turkey among the turbines and a
group of Northern Pintail on the ice of Sand Bay were the only other
notable sightings, with only Mute Swans joining the Canada Geese to
our dismay.  Most of the western coast of Wolfe is still ice-bound,
limiting waterfowl numbers.  Another week or so should bring a more
earnest arrival of spring.

Directions: Wolfe Island can be accessed from the ferry dock at
Barrack and Ontario Sts. in downtown Kingston.  See

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

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