Thursday, May 23: A morning wandering Burnt Lands Provincial Park in search of the excellent variety of sparrows that breed within the park grounds. Each year, we see nearly ten species of sparrows during this trip! Eastern Towhee, White-throated, Song, Savannah, Vesper, Field, Clay-colored, Chipping, Grasshopper. The regionally-special Burnt Lands Alvar is home to specialty sparrows, such as Grasshopper and Clay-colored, both of which occur here in excellent numbers. Other birds of interest in the park include Upland Sandpiper, Black-billed Cuckoo, Brown Thrasher and Indigo Bunting. Given the time of year, all of our targets will be active and singing, often from conspicuous perches, so bring your cameras and a small stool for sitting; a little patience tends to go a long way in grassland habitats 🙂
Outing notes: Dress light and seasonal, and consider wearing quick-dry clothing, as well. Please consider packing rubber boots and rainwear, extra socks, insect repellent, mosquito head net/jacket, plenty of water, electrolyte mix (I will supply this, as well), coffee/tea, nutritious snacks, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for the region in which we will be birding to help you decide on what to wear for the trip!
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: N/A
Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Meet at 9:00 AM along Burnt Lands Road. See this attached Google Maps link for the location. Please park along the west side of the road (the side adjacent to Burnt Lands Provincial Park).
Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request. Additionally, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements for you.
Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.
Cost: $40.00 per person (HST-included).
Duration: 4-4.5 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form