Late migrants & local breeders in Ottawa

Tuesday, May 28: Late-May is the best time of year to see late-season warblers, such as Mourning, Canada and Wilson’s. Other colourful migrants will still be passing through, including Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, and Indigo Buntings among countless others. Many shorebird species, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and the Empidonax flycatchers are only just now peaking in numbers.  The same goes for cuckoos, as well. Shorebird such as Red Knot, Whimbrel, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Red-necked Phalarope are characteristically late-season, with peak passage usually occurring during the final week of May. Large flocks of Brant typically pass through at this time, as well, with the Ottawa River being the spot in eastern Ontario for excellent views of this species during spring passage.

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: I am open to arranging a sit-down brunch at Ralph & Sons Diner after the tour.

Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.

Accommodations: N/A

Meet at the boat launch parking lot of Shirleys Bay at 8:30 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 eontbird@gmail.com 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

Registration deadline: 5:00 PM on Monday, May 27th.