Sat-Mon, September 1-3: A three-day birding tour, taking in the spectacle of fall migration at some of eastern Ontario’s most excellent migration sites. See below for the trip itinerary.
Trip itinerary: On Saturday, we will begin our trip with a quick stop in the Kingston area, birding Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, then Parrott’s Bay C.A. We are then on to Wilton Creek, a known shorebird and heron haunt. Next up, we are visiting an underrated site north of Belleville, called H.R. Frink C.A.; after this, we will make our way to eastern Ontario’s most exceptional shorebird site for some mid-afternoon birding: Presqu’ile Provincial Park. We will bird along the Beaches, as well as Owen Point, before calling it a day. On Saturday evening, we will enjoy a sit-down meal in Brighton. On Sunday, we will spend the day birding Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Our primary focus will be shorebird study. We’ll be spending a significant amount of time birding the beaches, as well as Owen Point. All sorts of other migrants, such as warblers and vireos, are likely to be about, so we’ll be sure to walk a few trails in search of them, as well. We will bird just outside the park, at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands before calling it a day. We will enjoy a sit-down dinner in Brighton as a group, then bed down for the night. On Monday, we will be making our way east, to Millhaven, then catching the ferry over to Amherst Island. While on Amherst, we will bird Martin Edwards Reserve as well as some of Owl Woods and a portion of Sand Beach Wetlands C.A. If the birding is excellent, it’s possible we may bird a site or two while back on the mainland, in Kingston.
Outing Notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, plenty of liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable and breathable clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and so on. Note that I will be packing electrolyte mix for the group should you wish to sprinkle some into your water bottle. Pack a fold-up stool to use as you study shorebirds, as well. Please pack your Ontario Parks pass if you have one. For those purchasing a day pass, the cost is approximately $15.00.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: On Saturday, please make sure that you have packed a field lunch, preferably something that you can conveniently eat either as a tailgate lunch or while driving. We will be having a group dinner that evening, in Brighton. On Sunday, numerous breakfast options are available in Brighton. Sandwiches (for lunch) are available at the Baker’s Dozen, among other establishments. More on that later (closer to the date of the tour). We will have a picnic lunch at Presqu’ile that afternoon. In the evening, we will enjoy a sit-down dinner, in Brighton. On Monday, breakfast is available in Brighton (more on this later). If at all possible, please pack (or purchase) a field lunch for Monday’s tour; something simple and easily eaten on-the-go or during a tailgate lunch. There will be no sit-down dinner on Monday evening.
Activity Scale: 2/5
Accommodations: Presqu’ile Beach Motel. A clean, basic, two-star accommodation. A place for birders to hang their cap for the night! You must book your accommodations. Please book for two nights: Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. http://www.presquilebeachmotel.com/
Accommodations SPECIAL NOTE: Rooms are more-or-less filled at the Presqu’ile Beach Motel. I’ve requested to book the remaining rooms. If you’re unable to stay in Brighton, not a worry, Trenton has many (more) options. It’s not a deal breaker! Please inform me of your booking, thanks.
Meet at 8:00 AM at the Mallorytown ONroute north (westbound). Meeting in the Kingston area can be arranged, as well. Please be in touch!
Carpooling: I can drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour. I am also happy to arrange carpooling for you. Carpooling will be arranged and fully organized before our meet-up on Saturday morning. Please be in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’
Cost: $225.00 (HST included)
Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding each day.
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Special Note: There is a 10-person participant cap for this tour. There are currently four spaces remaining.
Registration deadline: Thursday, August 30th at 10:00 PM.