Eight hardy souls braved the winds and continuous threat (and reality) of
rain today on Amherst Island and were rewarded with some good sightings of a
variety of birds, many of which were waterfowl. Highlights included 2 Black
Scoter and 8 White-winged Scoter, neither particularly common in this neck
of the woods. We also encountered a flock of about 1000 Greater Scaup (so
they have arrived), within in which were a few Lesser Scaup, Goldeneye,
Bufflehead and Redhead. All 3 regular mergansers were seen as were 2 Horned
Grebe. A single Bonaparte's Gull was the 'highlight' of gull scene and the
only shorebirds encountered were 6 Killdeer, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Dunlin
and a late Spotted Sandpiper. Also seen in the Owl Woods were 4 American
Woodcock. Passerines were hard to locate due to the high winds but included
Purple Finch, House Finch, Blue-headed Vireo and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Till next year,



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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