Sandbanks Provincial Park and Point Petre Area

Saturday, September 17: Today, we will focus our search on fall warblers, vireos, flycatchers, orioles, sparrows, cuckoos, birds of prey, shorebirds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers and more! 15-20 species of warbler are possible to observe and a day-tally of 75-100 bird species is expected in this region at this time. We will focus our efforts on the southwestern coastline of PEC during today’s tour.

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. Note that an Ontario Parks day pass fee applies for this tour; you must book your pass online ahead of your visit to the park.

AccommodationsClients may enjoy staying right in Picton, at a B&B of their choosing. In Picton, the Picton Harbour Inn is a nice choice, as well. The restaurant there (The Lighthouse) opens at 7 a.m. each morning, and they have a nice breakfast. In Belleville, there’s a list of suitable hotels, including Best Western, Holiday Inn and Country Inn & Suites. These hotels have nice beds, simple rooms and each of them provides a complimentary breakfast with a wide array of breakfast items. The drive to Sandbanks Provincial Park/Salmon Point from the Belleville hotels is typically 40-45 min.

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 washroom break every 90-120 minutes.

Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. at 3004 County Rd. 12, at the registration office at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Please park in the large parking lot to the SW of the reg. building, after you’ve checked in.

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.

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