Saturday, March 21: 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 found on 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-interest 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 may move on to some northwestern sites in Prince Edward County!
Outing notes: Please note that for non-Ontario Parks pass holders, there is a cost of $17.00 to access the park for the day. Please be sure to check the weather forecast for Brighton, Ontario several days out from the trip to help in your decision about what clothing to wear. Please be sure to pack gloves and a toque, snacks, hand and foot warmers, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, sunscreen, and please wear winter boots.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Please pack plenty of snacks, a hot drink, as well as water. We will enjoy a basic sit-down late lunch, in Brighton, before continuing on to other birding sites.
Activity Rating: 1/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Meet at 6:30 AM at the Highway 416/Bankfield Road carpool lot, or, 9:30 AM at the front entrance to Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request.
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.
Cost: $80.00 per person (HST-included). $90.00 per person for those carpooling to-and-from Ottawa in the lead vehicle for the trip.
Duration: 8.5 hours in duration.
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form