Target Birds in Eastern Ontario

Saturday, July 8: A tour throughout the southwestern and southern portion of eastern Ontario, endeavouring to enjoy the sights and sounds of eastern Ontario’s more sought-after, and harder-to-find, breeding birds. Though we will undoubtedly enjoy all of the birds we encounter, our target species include: American Bittern, Least Bittern, Common Gallinule, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern,  Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Yellow-throated Vireo, Sedge Wren, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Indigo Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Clay-colored Sparrow. We are birding in prime insect and herptile (reptile and amphibian) country, as well. During our previous tour(s), we have seen four species of Swallowtail, Monarch Butterfly, Viceroy, many species of dragonfly, and an excellent variety of herps, including: Gray Ratsnake, Eastern Ribbonsnake, Five-lined Skink, Pickerel Frog, Red-backed Salamander, and so on.

Photos from previous Target Birding tours: and

Itinerary: We will leave Ottawa the morning of the tour, leaving at 5:30 AM. Our first birding stop will be just south of Kaladar, in search of the Prairie Warblers that breed in the juniper scrub there. Next up, we are on to the eastern edge of Hastings County, in search of Blue-winged Warblers (best spot for this species in all of eastern ON), Golden-winged’s, and interesting hybrid combinations, such as Brewster’s Warbler (Blue winged x Golden-winged). We are then on to the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, in search of Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Bobolink, and Upland Sandpiper. From there, we’ll bird in Moscow, focusing on our next targets: Least Bittern, Marsh Wren, and Black Tern. Our final birding sites of the day will be a hike in Frontenac Provincial Park, and roadside birding along Canoe Lake Road. Our targets at these latter sites include Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, and Yellow-throated Vireo, among others. Ottawa birders in particular will enjoy birding some new areas, and hopefully see breeding birds they have yet to (or rarely) see.

Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Some snacks, plenty of water, electrolyte or Gatorade mix, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. I will pack a case of water, and an electrolyte mixture, for the group.

Walking: We will be walking throughout the day. Please be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes. We will move at a slow pace, and will take rest breaks when needed. If the weather permits, we will enjoy a field lunch outside 🙂

Driving: We will be driving, to and from, birding sites throughout the day. Carpooling is available and is encouraged.

Meet at 5:30 AM in Ottawa at Eagleson Park & Ride (NW parking lot; the parking nearest to Hwy 417):,-75.8879533,1017m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x17441f975c92b6ea!8m2!3d45.319054!4d-75.885208

Cost: $ 70.00 per person

Method of payment: Cash or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Jon Ruddy’

Duration: Approximately 10 hours of birding, including a lunch break in Napanee.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form by 12:00 PM on Friday, July 7th. This outing is capped at 12 participants.

Spaces remaining: 6