Thursday, April 16: Today, we will enjoy some excellent spring birding throughout Renfrew County. All sorts of birds should be expected today, including a nice mix of waterfowl, geese in massive numbers, a good mix of sparrows, both Bald and Golden eagles, Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes and American Kestrels, Rough-legged Hawks, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Owls, Glaucous and Iceland Gulls. We will be doing everything from gull-watching/study at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre to slowly driving promising backroads in search of perched Birds of Prey. Today’s tour will feature mostly birding along roadsides, from our vehicles, but some short hikes will also be scheduled in.
Outing notes: Dress in seasonal and comfortable clothing, and consider wearing layers, as well. Please consider packing rubber boots (preferably an insulated pair), windbreaker, rainwear, 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!
Lunch & Dinner: For today’s tour, please pack a field lunch. I am open to organizing a sit-down meal after the tour; this is something we can chat about during the tour itself.
Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.
Meet at the McDonald’s in Arnprior at 9:00 AM. Alternatively, you can choose to meet the group at the Shell Gas Station parking lot in Cobden at 9:45 AM.
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: $80.00 per person (HST-included). $90 per person for those carpooling to-and-from Ottawa in the lead vehicle for the trip.
Duration: 8-8.5 hours
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form