Sunday, January 21: Today, we will visit the beautiful southern coastline of Prince Edward County and birdwatch at Sandbanks Provincial Park, East Lake, West Lake and likely some of Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area. Mid-winter birding in these areas is often productive, with ducks, gulls, hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, waxwings, Eastern Bluebirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers and sparrows typically being seen at this timeframe. Who knows what we may see 🙂
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: Note that ice grippers/crampons are mandatory items to pack with you during winter tours. 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: 2/5. We will likely be walking 4-5 km in total throughout the day.
Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. at Sandbanks Provincial Park 3004 County Road 12. There’s a large parking lot at the main entrance to the park; that’s where we will meet.
Duration: 6-7 hours
Cost: $140 per person (HST-included). I accept payment via e-transfer to email@example.com. 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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