So, you have a birder in the family? Someone always asking you to pull over to the side of the road so that they can photograph a bird? Watching NetFlix all alone while your partner leafs through his/her Sibley Guide? Sounds to me as though it is time you gift them a birding tour! Continue reading Gift Certificates with Eastern Ontario Birding
Some exciting weather events lately!
A winter storm is hitting James Bay at present. As you’re reading this, it will be snowing in Fort Albany. The system will be pushing east, hurried along by an Arctic front. I’d watch for a loon flight on Sunday morning, along with late-season shorebirds, Brant, goldeneye, scaup, scoters, etc. The very tail end of today’s birding could be quite interesting, just after the thunderstorms are through. I wonder to myself if an early Purple Sandpiper is possible on Sunday morning. Checking the river at Andrew Haydon Park, Britannia Pier and Britannia Filtration Plant (Deschenes Rapids) might turn up some goodies. You can be sure that other crazy birders are on to this weather system and will be checking the river carefully. Speaking of crazy birders, I might quietly slip out of bed on Sunday morning and head on out and chase the bird dragon for a few hours! Watch for interesting and exciting eBird reports throughout the day today and tomorrow. Refresh this page every now and then; this is the Ottawa eBird Rare Bird Alert: https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35661
An additional reminder is to think “southerners” today, if you’re out. The current system is hailing from the SW, extending uninterrupted (by precip, for example) from Kentucky. Wayward swallows (something like a Northern Rough-winged, for example), Forster’s Tern…..who knows what; keep an open mind and bird each bird carefully 🙂
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend,
Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern shorebirds. All sound clips are available via xenocanto. A written description, taken from those described in the Sibley Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, of the call will also be included. Continue reading Eastern Shorebird Flight Calls
Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos can be quite similar in appearance. This identification challenge is not necessarily straightforward, most especially when dealing with these two species flitting about in green, leafy vegetation on a sunny day! Continue reading Philadelphia vs. Warbling Vireo
Online field-birding webinars with Eastern Ontario Birding!
I am excited to unveil this new and exciting service; EOB’s online field-birding webinars! Over a series of webinars, I will provide field-birding insights, facilitate ID discussion of difficult bird groups such as shorebirds, overview where-and-when to see certain birds, optical equipment and birding techniques, and discuss birding site Q’s and recommendations. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow in your field-birding knowledge. I encourage you to take notes and ask as many Q’s as possible during our time together. The length of each webinar will be approximately one hour. Please stay tuned for further details!
Please visit my Birding Webinars page for more details.
Tuesday, August 25: Today, we will enjoy peak fall songbird migration in Ottawa. Post-breeding dispersal will have taken place, meaning there will be an impressive scattering of bird varieties throughout, mingling with thousands of fall migrants from points further north. At this time of year, over 20 species of warblers can be observed in Ottawa. Peak warbler migration coincides with peak flycatcher, vireo, tanager and shorebird migration! This is a great time to get out and get birding in the National Capital Region.
What to pack: Please pack a cooler with your lunch, snacks and. Please also pack a mask, hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes, hat, sunscreen, bug spray and a fold-up chair. Though optional, I recommend that participants wear their masks if we are a group of five.
Washrooms: Washroom facilities will be available throughout the tour. I will schedule washroom breaks every 90 minutes.
Meet-up time and location: Meet at 7:30 AM along Cassels Street near the entrance to Mud Lake.
Duration: 4-4.5 hours.
Cost: $65.00 per person
Registration for this event is now closed.
Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts function, I created a variety of graphs, some highlighting frequency of observations, derived from the percentage of birder’s observations of a particular species / all checklists during a specific time frame, and others highlight the total number of individuals tallied during a particular timeframe. Continue reading Guide to Fall Arrivals in Eastern Ontario
When I first started my birding journey in February 2011, I found the mastering of the Art and Science of field birding to be an absolutely daunting task! Fast forward 9 years, and I am now a professional birding guide and a lot less worrisome and wary in the field, but I still show great interest, empathy and respect to those trying to extract the most out of this unique craft. Continue reading “Experts” make mistakes, too
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