Saturday, September 25: Today, we will endeavour to observe Nelson’s Sparrows in the sedges at Westmeath Provincial Park! From then on, we should expect to observe a lovely variety of sparrows, late-season warblers, shorebirds, hawks, geese, gulls, terns and much more! Sandhill Crane numbers will be increasing at this time, and we will seek out their roosting sites.
What to pack: Rubber boots are mandatory for this tour (we will be walking in wet areas with water expected to be calf-height in some areas). 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: 8:30 a.m. at the north end of Sand Point Road @ Greatview Trail. Park along the side of Sand Point Rd. just north of Greatview Trail.
Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: $110 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