Saturday, May 19: Experience peak migration birding at two of eastern Ontario’s finest and most bird-rich areas. We will bird Canoe Lake Road by slowly driving along with the windows down, earbirding for our target birds. We will be birding both sites during peak spring migration, so expect to see and hear and a great variety of birds. These areas are known for all sorts of sought-after species, including, but certainly not limited to Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, “Brewster’s” Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk and Barred Owl. With regards to Louisiana Waterthrush, I will be setting aside a reasonable amount of time for study and photography. Please note that playback will not be used to entice this Species at Risk into responding. We will arrive at a few suitable sites and linger, hoping for a look at this unique breeding bird. Each participant will receive a print-out containing neat facts about Louisiana Waterthrush here in eastern Ontario. In 2015, EOB worked as a Species at Risk field surveyor in Frontenac Park, surveying for Cerulean Warbler. In his travels, he found the Holy Grail, better known by EOB’s clients as “the rock.” When climbed, a birder is eye-level with massive oaks and maples, from which the Cerulean Warblers sing. For those who like reptiles and amphibians, this area is known for its diversity!
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended. Please pack insect repellent, some snacks, plenty of water, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. I will be carrying Vega electrolyte mixture (berry flavour) for the group. Electrolyte mixtures are a great way to stay properly hydrated during spring and summer birding outings.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: For those arriving in Westport the day before the outing, dinner options are available in Westport on Friday night. Since we are beginning our birding day quite early on Saturday morning, a basic breakfast of mixed-fruit, yogurt and granola is one idea of what to prepare for yourself. Please prepare a basic field lunch, with plenty of liquids and snacks, for our birding tour on Saturday.
Activity Scale: 4/5. Though we will begin our day by birding by car, in the afternoon we will be hiking rugged terrain in Frontenac Park. I recommend that participants signing up for this tour be prepared for somewhat arduous hiking, and have an interest in birding by foot.
Accommodations: Westport Station Motel, on Friday night. You must book your own accommodations; please notify me once you’ve booked: http://www.westportstationmotel.com/rates.htm
Meet: For those driving on Saturday morning, we are meeting at the Westport Station Motel parking lot at 7:00 AM. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Westport+Station+Motelfirstname.lastname@example.org,-76.3990008,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xf4ded7fdaae363a9?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiyjceQhdHaAhVGU98KHep4Df8Q_BIIlgEwCg
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: 8.5 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Spaces remaining: 4