Sunday, April 1: A nocturnal Owl Prowl, endeavouring to hear Barred, Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet and even Long-eared Owl. We will first aim to see and hear American Woodcocks displaying in the Shirleys Bay area. Then, we will head S, past Richmond, and conduct an owl prowl in known owl haunts. Playback will be used to entice owls into vocalizing; some owl species may fly in close, providing views as we draw our flashlights. Please note that flash photography is prohibited on this outing. PS: More on American Woodcocks here: http://www.jeaniron.ca/2015/woodcock.htm
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Flashlight, rubber boots, waterproof footwear, and also your rain jacket/rain pants just in case it rains. Please pack some snacks, a warm beverage, water, lens cloth, lip balm, and favoured field guides.
Lunch & Dinner: N/A. Please pack a few snacks.
Activity Scale: 1-2/5. We will mostly bird from our vehicles, but we may also bird by foot (a short hike) if American Woodcock migration is in full swing and the conditions are right for their display flights.
Meet at 7:00 PM at Dick Bell Park, SW parking lot. I would like to leave the parking area by 7:10 PM. Our first stop is a 5 min drive away. We will be hiking about 800 m along a trail, so please wear your rubber boots/waterproof footwear for this portion of the tour.
Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use email@example.com as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’
Duration: 4 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Spaces remaining: 5