Dusk birding and Chimney Swifts in Ottawa-Gatineau

Saturday, July 10: Dusk birding on a midsummer’s eve in downtown Ottawa-Gatineau! We will explore the Quebec side of the Ottawa River at Parc des Portageurs and Parc Montcalm-Tache during the late afternoon before making our way to Ottawa’s main Chimney Swift roost. A lovely collection of birds should be encountered throughout the tour, including Northern Rough-winged Swallows, herons, gulls, Common Tern, warblers, vireos and more. Our main focus will be on the swift roost, where we will observe hundreds of swifts rapidly descending into a chimney to roost for the night; an amazing spectacle!

What to pack: Please dress for the season, and be sure to take a look at the forecast for the region in which we will be birding a few days out from the tour. Please pack a cooler with the food and drink of your choice. Pack your optical and photographic equipment, as well as your field guides should you wish to consult them during the tour.  Although they are not mandatory, I recommend packing a mask for whenever we might be birding in tight spaces.

eBird Checklists: I will take care of all of the checklists for the day, and share them with you when the tour is complete. Your eBird statistics will automatically update when you accept the checklist. If you are not an eBird user, that is perfectly fine; I will email the checklists when I arrive home. You’ll be able to browse through the sightings list without having to be an eBird user.

Washrooms: I will do my best to schedule a washroom break every 90-120 minutes. However, clients can, at any time, use the great outdoors as a rest stop, too!

Meet-up time and location: 4:30 p.m. on Rue Dumontier (off of Rue Millar) in Gatineau.

Duration: 4.5 hours.

Cost: $70 per person (HST-included). I do not have a preference when it comes to payment type; I accept e-transfer, cash and cheque.

Register for this tour using the provided sign-up form

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