Saturday, March 23: Today we are heading to Presqu’ile Provincial Park to take in some late winter/early-spring birding. The highlight at this time of year is the superb collection of waterfowl roosting and foraging in Presqu’ile Bay. Aythya ducks are prevalent in Presqu’ile Bay at this time of year, with thousands upon thousands of Greater Scaup and Redhead, along with hundreds of Canvasback. We will be spending a great deal of time admiring waterfowl, so be sure to bring your waterfowl-related field guides with you today to help in your enjoyment and study. After some general birding in Presqu’ile, we will make our way to Barcovan Beach, where all three species of swans can be seen during the winter months. After birding Barcovan Beach, we will bird some of the northwestern parts of Prince Edward County.
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! Please note that for non-Ontario Parks pass holders, it costs approximately $15.00 to enter the park.
Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s tour. If there is interest, I am happy to arrange a sit-down dinner for the group after the tour is complete.
Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Meet at the entrance to the park/ front office registry to Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 9:30 AM.
Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle for the day is only available from Presqu’ile Park; I am not able to drive participants to and from Ottawa for this tour. As an additional note, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements on your behalf.
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: $75.00 (HST-included).
Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding.
Registration for this event is now closed.