Information courtesy of Owl &
Feathers Birding Tours!
Kingston offers one of the best, year-round
birding areas in Canada. It is 'world famous' for wintering owls, hawks and
eagles. Kingston is different from most birding 'Hot Spots', because of its wide
range of different habitats within close proximity to each other. Over 360
species of birds have been recorded in Kingston and the area has the highest
number of breeding birds in all of Ontario. During the winter months, Snowy Owl,
Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Rough-Legged Hawk, Snow Bunting and Northern Shrike are
usually present with Boreal Owl, Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl and Gyrfalcon
being a real possibility. Throughout the year there is not a day that cannot be
productive for birding in the Kingston region.
Not only can you add many species to your list in
the immediate area, the serious lister can add many more birds to their North
American list by driving no more than a few hours from Kingston. A day trip
north will take you to Algonquin Park where northerly species of birds are
found, not to mention some of the most scenic natural areas in eastern Canada.
It is known as the best area in the world for winter finches. Moose are
frequently seen. Also, a day trip from Kingston will take you to scenic Niagara
Falls. Designated as an Important Bird Area, Niagara is the best spot in the
world for gulls. Nineteen species of gulls have been recorded at Niagara.
For birders who come from far afield, a trip to
Kingston will provide an opportunity to add many birds to their life list. Not
only is Kingston good for birding, the Thousand Island Boat Cruise, Old Fort
Henry, the Thousand Islands Casino and other tourist attractions make Kingston a
great place to visit.
The following are but some of the birds seen in the gardens at
Green Woods Inn
sure there are others but as we are not experienced bird identifiers
rely on our guests to add to our list: -