Winter birding in Ottawa

Wednesday, January 9: Join me on a half-day of winter birding trip in the National Capital Region. We will bird Trail Road Landfill, where we will look for birds of prey, gulls, redpolls and wintering sparrows. We will then drive east, to Strathcona Park along the Rideau River. Here, we will look for Barrow’s Goldeneye among Common Goldeneye. Next up, we are off to Mer Bleue, where we will stop by the feeders at Dewberry Trail to look for Evening Grosbeaks along with the lingering winter rarity at this feeder, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Finally, we will walk a loop through a bog habitat in search of Black-backed Woodpecker, among others!

Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable and insulated hiking boots, and so on. Please also pack ice grippers for your footwear, if you have them. Consider dressing in layers, with your base layer being thermal clothing (keeps the chill out).

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: N/A

Activity Scale: 2/5

Accommodations: N/A

Meet at the MacEwen Gas Station at the corner of Moodie Drive and Fallowfield Road at 9:00 AM.

Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request. Additionally, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements for you.

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use eontbird@gmail.com as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.

Cost: $40.00 (HST-included)

Duration: 4-4.5 hours

Registration for this event is now closed due to concerns about poor weather (freezing rain changing to snow throughout the day).