Saturday, February 2: A morning of birding the vast, open “tundra” landscapes east of Ottawa in search of a variety of wintering birds. Wintering predators such as Snowy Owl, Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike will possibly be seen today; even Gyrfalcon is possible at the Lafleche landfill site! Large, swirling flocks Snow Bunting are likely to be seen today, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for Lapland Longspur and Horned Lark, as well. The Lafleche landfill site attracts thousands of gulls each winter. In particular, large numbers of Glaucous Gull forage at this dump during mid-winter! On our way back into Ottawa, we will stop at the Rideau Sports Club and bird along the Rideau River there, in search of Barrow’s Goldeneye, among others.
Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable and insulated hiking boots, and so on. Please also pack ice grippers for your footwear, if you have them. Consider dressing in layers, with your base layer being thermal clothing (keeps the chill out).
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: N/A
Activity Scale: 1/5
Meet at the McDonald’s restaurant in Casselman at 9:00 AM.
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 email@example.com as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.
Duration: 4-4.5 hours
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Spaces remaining: 6