Shirleys Bay Waterfront Trail

Thursday, April 12: For those who don’t know, this is one of EOB’s most near-and-dear birding locations. This location was used a “field lab” during the 2015 and 2016 migration seasons; a lot of what EOB learned along these trails is applied in the field today! This is a good time of year to look and listen for all sorts of migrants, including: Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Brown Creeper, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Belted Kingfisher, Rusty Blackbird, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Osprey, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Snipe, Double-crested Cormorant, and  Bonaparte’s Gull will be searched for. We will finish the tour birding the boat launch area of Shirleys Bay as well as Hilda feeders.

Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Rubber boots and standard waterproof footwear is recommended, and rain jacket/rain pants are also good items to have on-hand during spring birding outings. Please pack some snacks, plenty of water, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides.

Lunch & Dinner: We will enjoy a sit-down lunch at Ralph & Sons Diner after the tour.

Activity Scale: 2.5-3/5. We will be birding by foot today. Footing may be slippery/wet along the trail. Walking distance is approximately 4 km over a span of 3 hours. The final hour will be spent birding around the Shirleys Bay boat launch area and Hilda Feeders.

Meet at Beryl Gaffney Park along Grandview at 8:30 AM.

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, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $40.00

Duration: 4 hours

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form