Amherst Island – Owls and more

Great time out on Amherst Island, Lake Ontario, to the south of Ottawa with Tony Beck and his tour company ‘Always an Adventure’. Big hope was owls and we got three species – Short and Long Eared and Snowy. No Barred or Saw-wheat, but mustn’t grumble, it was a top day.

61 species including good views of Golden crowned Kinglet, lots of Rough legged Hawks (Buzzards) of all colour morphs. Estimated that 30 birds may winter on this small island which clear is a larder for raptors – American Kestrels and multiple Northern Harriers were all great to watch too. Red bellied Woodpecker called away by the feeders that hosted Black capped Chickadee, Blue Jay and the occasional Northern Cardinal.

A bunch of Yellow Garter Snakes proved fun as they came out and enjoyed the sun. One in particular allowed one to one viewing without wriggling off!

Amherst is a small island and it was sad to hear a pitch from a resident about his worries regarding impending wind developments on the islands. It will almost be totally engulfed, and will be very bad news for the raptors and owls I suspect. Judging by the number of protest posters around the place it isn’t a popular decision locally.

Here is the trip list from yesterday (courtesy of Miss Spallin):

Canada Goose

Wood Duck



American Wigeon

American Black Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

American Kestrel


Wilson’s Snipe

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Snowy Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northern Shrike

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

American Tree Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Total species: 62

Other things of note:

Red Fox


Eastern Chipmunk

Red Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Garter Snake







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2 Responses to Amherst Island – Owls and more

  1. Denise Wolfe says:

    Lovely pictures:)
    If you are interested in more information about the wind turbines proposed for Amherst Island, and what you can do to help stop them, please visit our website at

    • bruebirder says:

      Thanks Denise. Be a tragedy to ruin this place for the sake of ‘green’ energy that is supposed to improve our environment. Certainly the wrong place and scale.

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