Welcome Back Migrants in Ottawa

Saturday, May 6: Spring has sprung and many birds are about! Quite a few species of warblers, sparrows, swallows, and hawks are possible to observe at this time. As well, we could see thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, grosbeaks, orioles, falcons, ospreys, loons, grebes, gulls and more! We will enjoy some spring migration birding at two of Ottawa’s classic migration hotspots: Shirleys Bay and Britannia Conservation Area.

Guarantees: With birds, there are never guarantees, I’m afraid. The good news is you’ll have a professional guide at the helm with many years of experience searching for and identifying birds. As always, I endeavour to make the most of each tour, and the philosophy I encourage is to “take whatever the day brings.” Each day in the field is a treat to savour!

What to pack/What to know: 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. Please also pack your spotting scope, if you have one.

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 plan a single washroom break approx 90-120 min into the tour.

Activity rating: 2/5. We will be birding on foot at two sites, covering approximately 4 kilometres over a span of 4 hours.

Meet-up time and location: 7:30 a.m. at Shirleys Bay boat launch parking lot.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

Cost: $75 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

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