Eastern Ontario Birding

Birding tours throughout beautiful, bird-rich eastern Ontario. My mission is to provide you with a friendly, informative and professional field birding experience.

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.
Philadelphia vs. Warbling Vireo - Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos can be quite similar in appearance. This identification challenge is not necessarily straightforward, most esp. when dealing with these two species flitting about in green, leafy vegetation on a sunny day!
Colour misconception: sunshine filtered through green leaves - Sunshine filtering through green leaves of both forest canopy and leafy undergrowth can ‘alter’ the true color of a bird’s plumage. This is especially true of whites, which can turn yellowish, and light greens and browns, which can increase in perceived saturation.