Monday, May 15th: Join me, Jon Ruddy of Eastern Ontario Birding, for some incredible spring migration birding at Rondeau Provincial Park & Keith McLean C.A. During spring migration in southwestern Ontario, it is more or less the norm to encounter 90-100+ species of birds per day. Stunning warblers decked out in their breeding finery, beautiful shorebirds strolling about in mudflats, gorgeous orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows, hummingbirds, Indigo Buntings, and so much more…are all within our view. You’ll be given countless insights into the identification of various birds, and likely see numerous “lifers” as we slowly cover ground and search a variety of habitats for migrant birds. The pace and layout of the tours is designed to be reasonable, offering clients a balance between a morning of birding and relaxed afternoon and evening. I can’t wait to enjoy the spring birding spectacle with you!
What to pack/What to know: Please dress for the weather by keeping an eye on the forecast for the region(s) in which we’ll be birding. Pack snacks, water, coffee/tea, and be sure to pack a lunch. I recommend packing cash (bills and or coins) as items like coffee, snacks and lunches at the Visitor Centre used to be (and could still be) cash-only. Pack your field guides/reference material, as well as your camera (if you use one), binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one). I recommend also packing rubber boots, in case the trails are quite wet; living in in far eastern Ontario prevents me from checking the status of the trails ahead of our visit. We will be able to revisit our parked cars during our lunch break, so we’ll be able to leave all our various items there (vs. having to lug them around with a backpack).
Transportation: We will be travelling to-and-from the birding sites in our own vehicles. Please ensure that you have gas in your vehicle ahead of each day, and that you have a working GPS device for navigation to-and-from the sites.
Permits & Passes: You must make your own reservations and purchases for passes unless otherwise indicated below. An Ontario Parks pass (day pass or season pass) will be required to enter Rondeau Provincial Park.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Clients will take care of their own breakfasts at their respective accommodations. This tour will end at lunch hour; there will be no group lunch today. Clients are in charge of their own dinner plans (including selection of the restaurant and the respective reservations ahead of visiting) after the tour, each evening.
Accommodations: Clients are in charge of their own Hotel/Motel/Cottage/Air BnB/B&B selections and reservations for this tour. I recommend booking your accommodation ASAP due to the high volume of birders in southwestern Ontario during the month of May. Core areas with all necessary amenities include Leamington, Chatham, Erieau, Blenheim and so on.
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 you 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.
Activity rating: 2/5. Moderate level. We will be slowly birding by foot. The terrain is flat and well-packed. Please note that I will be scheduling at least two short breaks and one 45 min break each day, as well.
Meet-up time and location: We will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Rondeau Provincial Park. Exact location within the park yet to be determined.
Duration: Our day will begin at 7 a.m. and end at approximately noon.
Cost & Payment: $125 per person (HST-included). Payment is made by Interac e-transfer or mailed cheque to: Eastern Ontario Birding, 751 Namur Street, Embrun Ontario, K0A 1W0.
Cancellations & Refunds: For this day tour, my regular cancellation policy applies. Please review it carefully; it is viewable on my “Field Tours” page.
Sign up deadline: Friday, May 12th at 5:00 pm.
Register for this outing by using this sign-up form