Wednesday, February 27th: A half-day 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 by a few sites and bird Mer Bleue Conservation Area.
Outing notes: Dress in seasonal and comfortable clothing, and consider wearing layers, as well. Please consider packing winter boots, ice grippers (if you own them), hand & foot warmers, extra socks, coffee/tea, snacks, water, 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: 1/5
Meet at the McDonald’s restaurant in Casselman at 10:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to Eastern Ontario Birding.
Duration: 4-4.5 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form
Registration closes at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26th.