Mon, May 7 – Thurs, May 10: A three-day birding trip to Point Pelee National Park and Hillman Marsh Conservation Area. Point Pelee provides genuinely memorable birding, and rarities lurk in every bush. At Pelee, it pays to check every bird; you never know what you’re going to see next. In 2017, the Eastern Ontario Birding group tallied a total of 168 species of birds. My highlight was seeing a Kirtland’s Warbler with each group! I will do everything in my power to ensure you have an exceptional birding experience at Point Pelee in 2018.
Daily schedule: Each day, we will catch the first tram in the morning. This tram leaves the VC at 6:00 AM, but fills up beforehand. Our groups in 2017 were packed and ready to go from the VC parking lot between 5:30 and 5:45 AM (the latter at the latest). We birded the park from 6 AM to approximately noon, with a coffee and snack break of fifteen minutes typically scheduled around 9-9:30 AM. After lunch, I availed (and will continue to do so in 2018) the option to extend birding (and target rarities) or head back to hotels/cottage to rest before dinner. Birders have a choice of either/or, and I always recommended that if they were tired, take the chance to go back and rest after a busy morning! I enjoyed visiting Hillman Marsh after dinner (and after it was packed with birders for the OFO Shorebird viewing events, scheduled from 3:00 – 5:00 PM). What this means is all dinners will be scheduled for 5 PM in 2018, giving us plenty of time to bird Hillman Marsh and/or Wheatley Harbour afterwards. We will be birding Point Pelee from May 7th to May 10th, with the possibility of visiting Rondeau Provincial Park on the 10th.
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. A field lunch, some snacks, plenty of water, electrolyte or Gatorade mix, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, insect jacket or head net, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen and favoured field guides.
Walking: Each day, we will bird by foot for an entire day (10-12 hours). The pace is plodding, but the long days on one’s feet can be challenging. We will have approximately 60-80 min cumulative rest each day (snacks, coffee break, lunch) so that certainly does help rest the body. Be sure to wear sturdy, broken-in and comfortable footwear, as well as comfortable and breathable clothing. It’s a good idea to dress in light layers, as well, as it tends to be quite chilly during the morning.
Driving: We will drive from our hotels/cottages to-and-from the Visitor Centre at Point Pelee each day. Other birding sites in the area include Hillman Marsh and Wheatley Harbour, among others. All birding sites are within 20 min of each other, making for a very light driving load.
Meeting Location: To be determined
Cost: $ 300.00 per person
Method of payment: Cash, cheque, or post-dated cheque in advance.
Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours of birding-by-foot with approximately 60-80 min of break (snack/washroom breaks and lunch break) each day. Our typical schedule was birding from 6 AM-noon, then lunch break, then approximately 2-3 hours more of birding before dinner. Some days we birded right until dinner time. On other days, we had a few hours of rest in our hotel rooms before dinner.
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