Peak fall birding at Petrie Island & Champlain Marsh

Friday, September 1: This morning, we will enjoy peak fall migration at two of Ottawa’s top birding sites: Petrie Island and Champlain Marsh. Warblers, vireos, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, herons, ducks, terns, gulls, hawks and more will likely be observed. Species’ diversity is very high at this time of year, and we’re likely to see a lovely array of migrants today. Typically, the day-trip species total is between 60-70 species of birds during peak fall birding tours in the Ottawa area. I’m looking forward to getting out there with you and seeing what the day brings!

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 check on the weather conditions ahead of the tour. I recommend packing plenty of liquids and also some snacks. If it’s sunny on tour day, I recommend wearing a hat in order to protect from the heat of the radiating sunlight. I also recommend packing insect repellent and sunscreen.

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 throughout the day.

Activity rating: 2/5. We will be hiking a total of approx. 4-5 km during today’s tour.

Meet-up time and location: 8:00 a.m. at TBD in the Petrie Island region.

Duration: Approximately 4 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.

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