For me, as far as 2017 tour highlights go, first is Point Pelee in May, then comes the Target Birding in Eastern Ontario trip. On 17 June 2017, our birding group birded along the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, from the eastern limit of Hastings County, through to Frontenac Provincial Park, near Verona. We aimed to see/hear the following species:
- Prairie Warbler
- Blue-winged Warbler
- Golden-winged Warbler
- Cerulean Warbler
- Yellow-billed Cuckoo
- Loggerhead Shrike
- Least Bittern
In the end, we managed to see all but one: the Yellow-billed Cuckoo! We had great success overall, and magnificent views of all of our targets. Throughout the day, we encountered many species of herptiles (reptiles and amphibians), all of which were expertly photographed by EOB’s clients! (see below)
Photo: Prairie Warbler, singing its heart out at Sheffield C.A. in Hastings County. William Hall.
Photo: Cerulean Warbler. Frontenac Provincial Park. Howard Morrison.
Photo: Brewster’s Warbler (Blue-winged x Golden-winged), an F2 hybrid showcasing the characteristically concolorous, pale underbody of F2’s. Tweed area, Hastings County. William Hall.
Photo: Eastern Towhee. Cheese Factory Trail, Hastings County. William Hall.
Photo: Blue-winged Warbler. Cheese Factory Trail, Hastings County. William Hall.
Photo: Eastern Meadowlark. Napanee Limestone Plain IBA. William Hall.
Photo: Loggerhead Shrikes, two of five birds. Napanee Limestone Plain IBA. William Hall.
Photo: A very large (estimate of 5 ft) Gray Ratsnake near Frontenac Provincial Park, in Frontenac County. Karine Scott.
Photo: Eastern “Racer,” aka the ever-speedy ribbonsnake! Photographed near Frontenac Provincial Park. Karine Scott.
Photo: Pickerel Frog. Frontenac Provincial Park. Karine Scott.
Photo: Five-lined Skink (immature). Kaladar area, Hastings County. Karine Scott.
Photo: Five-lined Skink (adult). Kaladar area, Hastings County. Karine Scott.