Wednesday, May 25: A late afternoon to dusk tour in Ottawa in search of herons, terns, swallows, late spring migrant warblers, flycatchers and most importantly (for tonight)…large Chimney Swift numbers! At this time of year, peak Chimney Swift numbers arrive in eastern ON. We will visit a traditional roosting site in downtown Ottawa, to watch the swifts arrive to roost, after birding narrow forest tracts, for Passerine migrants at Champlain Park.
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 schedule a restroom break every 90-or-so minutes.
Meet-up time and location: 6:00 p.m. at Pontiac St. or Cowley Ave., right alongside Champlain Park.
Duration: 3 hours.
Cost: $60 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