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):
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow
Total species: 62
Other things of note:
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