Birding tours throughout beautiful, bird-rich eastern Ontario. My mission is to provide you with a friendly, informative and professional field birding experience.
A short story about identifying a “Tiny” Cooper’s Hawk - I eagerly involve myself in “tiny” Cooper’s vs. Sharpie online debates, but I’ve yet to step up and have to do it in the field at our local hawkwatch.
American Woodcock tip - A tip for finding woodcock in birding areas where you generally don’t expect to see one: recall in early spring, under trees, an area of thaw; an expanding area of cozy, sun-exposed vegetation adjacent to snowy covered areas.
Four subspecies of redpoll in Manitouwadge - Over a span of several days, while viewing the FeederWatch Canada camera set up in a backyard in Manitouwadge, I observed all 4 subspecies of redpoll: hornemanni, exilipes, rostrata, flammea.
Gyrfalcon near Carleton Place - I attempted to see the Gyrfalcon twice today and on my second attempt, I got lucky! A lovely adult gray morph bird.
Where and when to hear a “Hoot” in the Nation’s Capital - The Ottawa area is home to five regularly breeding species of owls, and, come early March, most species can be heard from roadsides. From dense stands of cedars rimming swamps, to homogeneous stands of conifers, find out where and when to listen for your favourite species of owl here in the Nation’s Capital.
“Looking” at Similar Songs - Learning birdsong can be quite a challenge. For some, mnemonics work quite well, for example the familiar sweet-sweet-shredded wheat of a Yellow Warbler as it sings from a roadside thicket. For others (myself included) visualisation is perhaps the key element to learning each song and getting ’em glued into the memory bank.
Sounds of Spring - In response to warmer weather and changes to the photoperiod (amount of daylight in a day; we’re nearing 11 hours now), birds have really been signing of late! I’ve cracked a window here at my house in Ottawa and can hear three Northern Cardinals, a House Finch, a few American Robins, and a Black-capped Chickadee
Good birder –> Crack birder –> Special Operative - When I first started birding, I wondered if I would become a good birder and I can happily say that after 6 years of trials and tribulations, I did in fact become a good birder. But, now I wonder…can I achieve “crack” status?