Floodplain birding south of Ottawa

Saturday, April 15: This morning, we will search and sift through geese and ducks in search of rarities, as well as simply enjoy the spectacle of tens of thousands of waterbirds in various fields south of Ottawa. A lovely variety of duck species are possible today, and a handful of goose species will be searched for, as well. Birds of Prey will also be in focus, as will early-season shorebird migrants, such as Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. I suspect that many other incidental birds will be encountered. Who knows what the day may bring 🙂

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 schedule a washroom break every 90-120 min.

Activity rating: 1/5. We will be birding mostly from a standing position (driving to-and-from various birding sites) during today’s tour.

Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. at TBD south of Ottawa; potentially in the Richmond, ON area. Stay tuned for a meet-up location update.

Duration: Approximately 5-5.5 hours.

Cost: $100 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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