Saturday, June 16: 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 generally 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 an 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 interesting insect find was that of a poised Mantidfly. This 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: TBD
Activity Scale: I rate this tour at a 4 to 5/5 in terms of exertion. Though the pace I set will be slow, we will be hiking throughout the day and covering a lot of ground, both by foot and by vehicle. The weather tends to be quite warm at this time of year, which compounds the perceived difficulty of some of the hikes. Some of the terrain we will be walking on is quite uneven and quite hilly. Please seriously consider your physical limitations before signing up for this tour.
Meet at TBD
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
Please note that this tour is limited to 8 clients