[Ontbirds] Amherst Island - Sat Jan 21

Keith Linton klinton at netrover.com
Sun Jan 22 08:41:21 EST 2012

Jan 21 1000 to 1700 hrs
Day started out snowy and cleared up to blue skies, -6C, light wind.

Amherst Island, take the ferry from Millhaven and view the map at the dock exit:

2 Rough-legged Hawks (Dark morph, male and female off the road in to Owl Woods)
4 Harriers (1 adult male, 1 adult female, 2 immatures in the various fields around Owl Woods)
2 Snowy Owls (one was on an Osprey platform at far east end of island)
1 Bald Eagle adult (circling, LaFarge pier on mainland)

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, male (Owl Woods)
2 Downy Woodpeckers (1m, 1f, Owl Woods)
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Owl Woods)
1 'Plethora'* of Chickadees :)
0 Owls

(* - yes, I made that up)

I admit to not having A CLUE how to bird those woods (or the Island) properly, so any tips...?


Feeder at south Huff Rd and Hwy 2, east of Colborne (on the way to Amherst):

2 immature Red-tailed Hawks, borealis (in trees above feeder)
1 immature accipiter (by size, tail length, terminal band and outside feathers - probably male Cooper's)
10 Blue Jays
10 Mourning Doves
12 m and f Red-winged Blackbirds, incl several immatures
1 Grackle
15 m and f Brown-headed Cowbirds
2 European Starlings
1 'Plethora' of Chickadees

...plus other unknowns, and many Eastern Red-tails along the way...

Observed by -

Keith and Bethany Linton
Orono, Ontario

Remember - "Arrive alive, don't bird and drive!!!"   :)

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