Sunday, June 3: A full day spent birding throughout the southern portion of eastern Ontario endeavouring to enjoy the sights and sounds of Eastern Ontario’s sought-after, and harder-to-find, breeding birds. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Birding by Habitat and will be shown, and taken through, a variety of beautiful habitats in eastern Ontario. Though we will undoubtedly enjoy all of the birds we encounter, our target species include: Least Bittern, American Bittern, Common Gallinule, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, 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, and Louisiana Waterthrush. Participants with interest in plants, insects, amphibians and reptiles will likely find this tour very exciting and interesting! One of the highlight reptiles we will look for is Five-lined Skink. Eastern Ribbonsnake, Gray Ratsnake, Blanding’s Turtle, and other herptiles are also possible. Perhaps the most-fascinating insect find was that of a poised Mantidfly. This particular tour is undoubtedly one of my personal favourite tours on the schedule, and I believe I’m correct in saying that clients feel the same!
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.
Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s tour. We will have a tailgate lunch when the timing is right for the group. If the weather is poor, we will have a sit-down lunch at a local establishment 🙂
Activity Scale: I rate this tour at a 4 out of 5 regarding exertion level. Though the pace I set will be slow, we will be hiking here and there throughout the day and covering a lot of ground by vehicle. We have a 4-5 km hike planned near the beginning of our day, at Frontenac Park. The terrain is rugged and rolling, so for those with limited hiking experience, it could be challenging.
Accommodations: For those driving down the day before the tour and looking to spend the night in Westport, I recommend the Westport Station Motel: http://www.westportstationmotel.com/
Meet at the Royal Canadian Legion in Westport at 7:00 AM
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: 10 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Participant cap: 8
Spaces remaining: 4