Birds in Maberly & Lichens at Silver Lake

Saturday, October 28: Today, I am happy to provide a hybridized tour at a beautiful and species’ rich provincial park! We will walk along a trail that brings us through beautiful bird habitat; we may encounter a nice suite of fall migrants, including sparrows, late season warblers, hawks, ducks, herons, loons and more. On the lichen front, I can say from personal experience that very few natural areas within an hour’s drive of Ottawa-Gatineau can match Silver Lake Provincial Park. The park is very rich in lichen diversity, and hosts a nice stock of rarities…even Species at Risk (Endangered in Canada)! Silver Lake P.P. is also relatively small, allowing for careful and thorough study of a relatively small area (compared to, say, Algonquin P.P.). Start up your iNaturalist app, get your macro lenses ready/smartphones ready for some lichen photography. Clients will be shown charismatic and beautiful rarities such as Cupped Fringe (Heterodermia hypoleuca), Orange-tinted Fringe (Heterodermia obscurata) and Pale-bellied Frost (Physconia subpallida) as well as a wide array of various crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens.

Guarantees: With birds, there are never guarantees, but 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 will endeavour to make the most of each tour, and the philosophy I encourage is to “take whatever the day brings.” 🙂

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. We will be wrapped up by 1:00 p.m., so if you’d like, you could pack a lunch to have when you’re back to your vehicle. Pack your optical and photographic equipment, as well as your field guides should you wish to consult them during the tour.

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 after the tour. You’ll be able to browse through the sightings list without having to be an eBird user.

Washrooms: Outhouses and a single washroom/shower station are at our disposal throughout the tour. I will schedule a washroom break every 90-120 min.

Activity rating: 2/5. We will be walking between 4 and 5 kilometers over a span of 4.5 hours.

Meet-up time and location: 8:30 a.m. at Fall River restaurant located at 21980 Hwy 7, Maberly, ON K0H 2B0. Please park to the west side of the restaurant, near the convenience store adjacent to the restaurant.

Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours.

Cost: $90 per person (HST-included). I accept payment via e-transfer to I also accept mailed cheques sent to Eastern Ontario Birding, 751 Namur Street, Embrun Ontario, K0A 1W0.

Payment due date: Upon registration. Your registration is only secure once payment is received. Please be sure to review my Cancellation Policy ahead of signing up for this tour.

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