Sat/Sun, May 25-26: One-and-a-half days of birding, endeavouring to observe some of eastern Ontario’s most sought-after breeding birds. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Birding by Habitat and will be shown a variety of tremendously rich birding locales in eastern Ontario. Although we will undoubtedly enjoy all of the birds we encounter, we do have our targets for this tour! These 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 interest in plants, trees, insects, reptiles and amphibians will likely find this tour quite fulfilling. For some of the time, we will be exploring habitats where we can expect to see Ontario’s only species of lizard: the Five-lined Skink. So far, we’ve managed to see a skink (or two) each time we have birded specific sites throughout southern shield country. Reptiles of all sorts are possible today, including Eastern Ribbonsnake, Gray Ratsnake, Map Turtle, Snapping Turtle and Blanding’s Turtle. Insect lovers will likely enjoy the many fascinating insects seen during the trip, as well. We often see a nice variety of dragonflies, including a Spiketail sp. dragonfly, darners, Stream Cruiser and Calico Pennant. One trip we even observed a Mantidfly! Target Birds of Eastern Ontario tours are undoubtedly one of my personal favourites on the schedule, and I believe I’m correct in saying that my clients feel the same!
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! 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: Please pack a field lunch for Saturday’s birding afternoon. We will enjoy a sit-down dinner, in Westport, on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, we will enjoy a hearty sit-down breakfast in Westport before heading off birding for the day. For lunch, we will enjoy a tailgate field lunch preferably someplace “birdy,” where birds are in view and singing away 🙂
Activity Scale: 3/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Accommodations: On Saturday evening we will be staying at the Westport Station Motel in Westport. Please note that you must book your accommodations yourself for this tour.
Meet on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the McDonald’s in Napanee, ON, located at 475 Centre Street N.
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: $115.00 per person (HST-included).
Duration: One-and-a-half days of birding.
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Spaces available: 4