Prince Edward County Fall Classic

Sat/Sun, October 15-16: Come spend the weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County, birdwatching along southeastern Ontario’s lovely, bird-filled coastline! Fall colours, cool temps, thousands of migrating birds, open landscapes, rugged coastline, shimmering waterways…what a scene! We will take whatever each day brings, but some targets, given the season, will surely include migrating Birds of Prey, shorebirds, gulls, waterfowl, fall warblers, vireos, sparrows, thrushes, late-season flycatchers and much more! Rarities are possible at this season, including Little Gull, Black Vulture, jaegers and more. In a nutshell, over the two days, we will be exploring the southwestern coastline of PEC, specifically Sandbanks Provincial Park, Salmon Point and Point Petre. We may also visit Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Specific stops may vary depending on the latest bird reports and the latest in weather forecasting.

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 (The Outlet, Salmon Point, Point Petre). 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.  Please pack your scope, if you have one. Note that an Ontario Parks day pass fee applies for this tour.

Accommodations: Clients 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.

Lunch & Dinner: We will enjoy an outdoor field lunch (or tailgate, etc) in the field each day. Group dinners will not be arranged for the group, given the ongoing pandemic(s). I do not wish to knowingly put my clients at risk by sitting shoulder to shoulder in an indoor setting. You must make your own dinner plans each evening.

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: On Saturday morning, please meet at 9:00 a.m. at 3004 County Rd. 12, at the registration office. Once registered, please park in the big parking lot to the right (southwest) of the registration building.

Duration: 8 hours of birding each day, with several snack/water breaks and a 45 minute lunch stop. We will end each day by 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $300 per person (HST-included). You must pay for your own food and accommodations during this tour. 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

Maximum participants: 8

Spaces remaining: 2

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