POP-UP! Searching for Gyrfalcon on Wolfe Island

Saturday, March 16: Today, we will try our chances at seeing a Gyrfalcon on Wolfe Island. The second to third week of March is a great time window to hope to see a Gyrfalcon. Wolfe Island is as good a place as any in eastern Ontario to try our chances. Incidental birds are expected, such as hawks, eagles, possibly owls, ducks, swans and much more.

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 check on the weather conditions ahead of the tour. Wearing a thermal base layer is a helpful way to stay warm during winter tours, especially when birding near the water. Please pack your photographical and optical equipment of your choice; if you have a spotting scope, pack it, as well. Please pack a full lunch, which you can leave in your vehicle. I recommend packing liquids and snacks, as well. During winter tours, it’s a good idea to pack extra socks (in case your feet get damp/wet), extra gloves (in case you lose a glove), extra toque (in case you lose it), and hand and foot warmers (in case you’re prone to getting cold in those areas).

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: I will schedule a washroom break every 90-120 minutes.

Activity rating: 0-1/5. We will be birding along roadsides during today’s tour.

Meet-up time and location: 9:30 a.m. at the Kingston ferry terminal, to catch the 10:00 a.m. ferry over to Wolfe Island.

Duration: 6-7 hours.

Cost: $150 per person (HST-included). Payment is due upon sign-up. Refunds are not available for POP-UP tours. I accept payment via e-transfer to eontbird@gmail.com. I also accept mailed cheques sent to Eastern Ontario Birding, 751 Namur Street, Embrun Ontario, K0A 1W0.

Register for this outing by using this sign-up form

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