Winter Waterfowl and more at Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Wednesday, February 21: Today, we will enjoy some late-winter birding at Presqu’ile Provincial Park! We will seek to view large numbers of Redhead, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser and Long-tailed Duck, and numbers of Mute Swan, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, dabbling ducks, and much more. We will seek to observe rarities, such as Barrow’s Goldeneye, King Eider and Harlequin Duck, to name a few. After our time at Presqu’ile, we will visit a nearby site which typically showcases all three species of Ontario’s swans close to shore. During the day, we may see waxwings, winter finches, over-wintering sparrows and more! Looking forward to seeing what the day brings.

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). An Ontario Parks day pass must be obtained prior to your visit. You must use Ontario Parks’ online registration system to register. 

AccommodationsClients are in charge of their own Hotel/Motel/Air BnB/B&B selections and reservations. Whitney (east) and Huntsville (west) will be the two main reservation areas for this 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 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 minutes.

Activity rating: 1/5. I expect that the hiking will be quite light throughout the day. A total of only 2-3 km of walking is expected.

Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. just past the front registration booth at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

Duration: 6-7 hours.

Cost: $150 per person (HST-included). I do not have a preference when it comes to payment type; I accept e-transfer, cash and cheque.

Register for this outing by using this sign-up form

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