Monday, March 18, 2013

Amherst Island with Tony Beck

March 14, 2013   6 am to 6 pm

I went to Rick's in Manotick, as did Bob. We decided to go in Rick's truck and meet the rest of the group at the ferry.  It was a difficult drive because of the blowing snow.  There were several cars in the ditch along with a couple of transport trucks.  However. we arrived in good time, having left early.

Antonia and Pavel came shortly after us, as did a third car with Jim and three other photographers.  Tony finally arrived as the ferry was about to depart.  With him were Nina, Josh and Lucille.

The weather was brutal throughout the day, because of the cold temperatures and particularly the strong wind.  We attempted to drive in to Owl Woods, but did not get far.  Our way was blocked by a huge snow bank, so we parked and hoofed it.

In spite of the wintry conditions, we did see some sings of spring - American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds.

There were no small owls in Owl Woods and we were fortunate to see a Barred Owl.  On our way out, most of saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, but it flew without us getting a photo.

We saw about five Snowy Owls, all distant on the ground, but one.  There were good numbers of Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks, and several Northern Harriers and American Kestrels.

We had a close encounter with an American Mink, and saw a couple of River Otters frolicking on the ice at the ferry terminus.  We stayed until 6 pm, but it was still too light for any Short-eared Owl sightings.



  1. Bufflehead
  2. Canada Goose
  3. Mallard
  4. American Crow
  5. Ring-billed Gull
  6. Common Goldeneye
  7. Mute Swan
  8. Rough-legged Hawk
  9. Red-tailed Hawk
  10. Red-winged Blackbird
  11. European Starling
  12. Mourning Dove
  13. Snowy Owl
  14. American Kestrel
  15. White-tailed Deer
  16. Black-capped Chickadee
  17. House Finch
  18. American Goldfinch
  19. American Robin
  20. Barred Owl
  21. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  22. Blue Jay
  23. Downy Woodpecker
  24. White-breasted Nuthatch
  25. Common Redpoll
  26. Long-tailed Duck
  27. Northern Harrier
  28. American Mink
  29. Bald Eagle
  30. Northern Shrike
  31. Greater Scaup
  32. Redhead
  33. Red-breasted Merganser
  34. Lesser Scaup
  35. Coyote
  36. Killdeer
  37. River Otter

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