[Ontbirds] Kingston area - Northern Hawk Owl, Glaucous Gull, etc

Alvan Buckley alvanbuckley at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 23:15:36 EST 2011

Hello birders,

This past weekend Mira Furgoch and I birded the Kingston area with
some nice sightings throughout:

Amherst Island:
The Northern Hawk Owl continues to be seen near 3600 South Shore Road.
Several Short-eared Owls this evening around the KFN property.
2 Barred Owls in the Owl Woods.
A Northern Flicker flew by along the road to the Owl Woods.
A Red-bellied Woodpecker near the feeders in the Owl Woods.
~125 Common Redpolls with at least 1 Hoary Redpoll found on the KFN
property this afternoon.
Snow Buntings and Horned Larks were seen as well.

We found an adult Glaucous Gull with a group of gulls near the Wolfe
Island ferry dock (on the Kingston side) along with 2 Iceland Gulls.
Several waterfowl continue to be seen at Dupont Lagoons including
American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser and Ring-necked Ducks.

We also saw the Barrow's Goldeneye at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on
Saturday morning along with a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the feeders
next to the bird sightings board.

Photos at my blog (see link below).

good luck,

Alvan Buckley
Toronto, ON


Directions To Amherst Island (copied from Bruce Ripley)- Ontario Road
Atlas, MapArt Publishing [Pg. 36,
E54 & E55]

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 $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.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park (copied from Fred Helleiner):
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate.   The narrow channel between Owen
Point and Gull Island is now ice-covered most of the time, but the ice,
while appearing to be thick, might not support the weight of a human.
However, the water beneath the crust, if there is any, is only
ankle-deep. The surrounding shoreline can be very slippery.  Birders are
encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board
provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

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