Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Amherst Island with Always an Adventure

March 10, 2015

A good crowd today.  I met Al and Rick at Brophy Park & Ride at 6 am and rode with them.  With Tony and Nina were Josh and Arjun.  In the CRV were Karine, Emily, Mary and John.

We were away before 6:10 and made good time. stopping briefly at the EnRoute.  We were at the ferry by 8:15, but it had to refuel and we did not get away until 8:45.

We went to the east end of the island then back around to the road to Owl Woods.  We saw 5 or 6 Snowy Owls and a like number of Redtails, before hiking into the woods.  We heard and briefly saw a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Pileated and a few feeder birds, but the woods was completely devoid of owls.  Disappointed, we hiked back to the cars to have our lunch.

Then we drove back to the ferry to use the washroom, but it was out of order.  Some got on the ferry to use their facility, while others enjoyed the Long-tailed Ducks and Redheads that were in the open water by the ferry dock (all elsewhere was solid ice).

We then cruised the back roads picking up some Rough-legged Hawks and more Redtails plus more Snowies.  We visited a sheep farm on John's invitation where we watched the feeder and toured the wool sales shed.  Some went to check out the sheep.

Then it was more back roads and back for the 4 pm ferry.  On the Millhaven side, there was a large flock of gulls, and a gorgeous male Red-breasted Merganser by the dock in the open water.

We then drove into Kingston to the Invista Canada lagoon where there were many waterfowl including several Mute Swans and a single Trumpeter Swan (K29).  For information on K29, read Nathan's Blog
It had been a long and interesting day, but it was time to head home.

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