Birding tours throughout beautiful, bird-rich eastern Ontario. My mission is to provide you with a friendly, informative and professional field birding experience.
“Northern” Red-tailed Hawk ID in the East, a note - Active birders throughout southern Canada and the northern states are likely going to come across heavily-marked light morph Red-tailed Hawks. Red-tailed Hawks in the east show a great deal of minor variation to their plumage, and at no time is this more appreciated/noticed than during the winter months.
Gulls at the Pembroke Dump - We were spoiled rotten with an exceptional gull study at the Pembroke dump today (15 November 2017). Birders must sign in at the front gate but are free afterwards to study gulls at close range within the facility grounds.
Some notes on Snow Buntings - When Snow Buntings first arrive in eastern and southern Ontario, say, typically the third to fourth week of October, they are often found foraging along rocky shorelines.
The Sunlit Edge - By early October, temperatures generally drop quite a bit overnight and do not rise again until mid to late morning. For early morning birding, look for edge habitat that is sunlit; these areas are warmer, drier, and usually have plenty of insect activity.
Fall Warbler Migration Guide - The following warblers are arranged from early season to late season. Note that many species share the same peak dates (mid to late August).
Shorebirding BLISS at Presqu’ile Provincial Park - Hi everyone, Yesterday (24 August 2017) I had my best ever shorebirding day in eastern ON. Our group tallied an amazing 15 species of shorebird! The water level has receded approximately a ft. since 8 August, leaving behind plum shorebird habitat from Beach 1 all the way through to Beach 3.
Bush-birding Tip - Scenario: a small bird flushes up from a scrubby area. It pauses out in the open for a few seconds. You raise your bins and madly work the focus knob to try and get the bird in focus. Within a few seconds, it flies a short distance, lands, then disappears into thick cover.
Heron flight calls - Late summer is a wonderful time of year to enjoy herons. Sometimes, herons are seen flying over, at dusk, belting out their unique, throaty call as they pass overhead. Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern NA herons.