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.

Dark-eyed Junco note - Groups of Dark-eyed Juncos are typically quite “chatty.” Their call note is a flat ‘tick’, like the sound of tapping two small stones together. Often this ‘ticking’ breaks out into a “tu-tu-tu” chatter among individuals. A very endearing sound and one that can be heard simply by cracking open a window in the fall/winter
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.
St. Lawrence River: Eurasian Wigeons - Today (17 October 2016) I tallied three Eurasian Wigeons while birding the Upper Canada Region of the St. Lawrence River. I observed a richly-toned female/first cycle male at Farran Park and two drakes ( adult male and immature male(?) ) just off Long Sault Parkway, at the N end of Woodlands Campsite.
Identification of “Cryptic” Barrow’s Goldeneyes - First winter birds skulk among large rafts of Common Goldeneyes and should be looked for as soon as Common’s begin to arrive in southern, but especially eastern, Ontario (roughly, late October).
Waterbird Migration in the Nation’s Capital - Throughout October and November, waterbird viewing in the Nation’s Capital provides a birder with many joys and ID challenges. Millions of birds travel along a major waterway in this region: the Ottawa River.  In this post,  I will detail a “when to see” list for species/groups of waterbirds in the Nation’s Capital.
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.
Nelson’s Sparrows at Westmeath Provincial Park - Today (30 September 2016) a group of us encountered 12 Nelson’s Sparrows during a walk along the shoreline of Westmeath Provincial Park. We encountered a group of 8 birds and then a group of 4 some further 400 m (approx) further along (NE) the shoreline.
A Tale of Two Savannah’s - This morning (29 September 2016) I birded a promising new sparrow field. Sadly, this area is slated for development; a new kids park to be developed shortly. There were many Savannah Sparrows present at this site and what became apparent after about an hour of birding was that there were two subspecies present.