Friday, June 17: Today, we will enjoy a full day of birding at Presqu’ile Provincial Park and the Brighton Hills. Breeding birds such as Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Caspian Tern and much more will be searched for today. Late “spring” migrants are also possible, such as shorebirds, viewed from Owen Point. Historically, this is one of the best times of the year to observe Arctic Tern, Forster’s Tern and Little Gull in Northumberland County; we will keep our eyes peeled. A lovely abundance of incidental flora and fauna is also likely to be observed today; this area of Eastern Ontario is rich in variety.
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. Please note that an Ontario Parks day-use fee applies for this tour.
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: We will be birding along quiet backroads in the Frontenac Arch. Clients will have to use the “great outdoors” for their restroom breaks, as no proper facilities will be available.
Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. at the front registry of Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Please register for day-use and then park on the left side of the road, just after the registration building.
Duration: 8 hours.
Cost: $140 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 outing by using this sign-up form