Thursday, May 16th: Come and enjoy a full day birding the Long Point region during peak migration season! We will be birding some amazing birding sites today, including Townsend Sewage Lagoon, Backus Woods, Long Point Provincial Park and Long Point Bird Observatory. A superb variety of warblers are possible today, including southern specialties such as Yellow-breasted Chat, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler and Hooded Warbler. By mid-May, Connecticut Warblers are in the mix in the deep south of Ontario, so we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for one! Acadian Flycatcher and Cerulean Warbler will be singing away in Backus Woods and we may even see a Summer Tanager (or two) there, as well. Mid-May coincides with the peak migration of countless bird groups, so you can sure that, throughout the day, we will bird a variety of habitats in search of migrants! Who knows what we may find 🙂
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Binoculars, spotting scope (if you own one), some snacks, water, electrolyte mixture, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen and your preferred field guides.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: For breakfast, we will drop by the McDonald’s in Simcoe. Lunch details are TBD, but possibly a sit-down lunch at the Country Fork (I’m awaiting the opinion of a long-time local birder!) Dinner after the tour is optional; it is possible that some birders will likely wish to hit the road after the tour. We will keep our dinner plans open.
Activity Scale: 2/5; slow hiking throughout the day on relatively flat terrain.
Accommodations: We will be staying at the Travelodge by Wyndham Simcoe the evening of Wednesday, May 15th. Please note that you must book your accommodations.
Meet: We will be meeting in the Long Point region. Our meeting location will be either Backus Woods or Long Point Provincial Park. As for our meet-up time, I tend to prefer to start early during peak migration; sometime between 6 and 7:00 AM at our meet-up. More details will be posted closer to the date of the tour.
Carpooling: Carpooling for the day is available and arrangements will be made for everyone close to the date of the tour.
Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.
Cost: $75.00 per person (HST-included)
Duration: 9-hour day trip, with a 45 min lunch break scheduled in.
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Spaces remaining: 2