Gananoque Hawkwatch & Riverwatch

Wednesday, April 10: Today, the aim is to view migrating birds of prey, waterfowl and much more. Early to mid April is a superb time of year to watch migrating birds of prey. We may see many species, including but not limited to Golden Eagle, American Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and more! On the waterfront, we may see Common Loon, many species of duck, Bonaparte’s Gulls, possibly Little Gull, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and more. One of the best strategies on the “right” day (correct winds for migration, more or less) is to stay in place, so, pack your lawn chair and get ready to get comfy while viewing birds! Disclaimer: If the winds are unfavourable for northbound migration, we will switch gears and enjoy general birding in the region; many bird species will be present in different habitats.

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.

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. Little walking during today’s tour.

Meet-up time and location: 9:00 a.m. at Gananoque waterfront; exact location TBD.

Duration: 5 hours approx.

Cost: $120 per person (HST-included). I accept payment via e-transfer to 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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