Target birds in Eastern Ontario

Sunday, May 27: A full day spent birding throughout the southern portion of eastern Ontario endeavouring to enjoy the sights and sounds of Eastern Ontario’s sought-after, and harder-to-find, breeding birds. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Birding by Habitat and will be shown, and taken through, a variety of beautiful habitats in eastern Ontario. Though we will undoubtedly enjoy all of the birds we encounter, our target species include: Least Bittern, American Bittern, Common Gallinule, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern,  Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Yellow-throated Vireo, Sedge Wren, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush. Participants with interest in plants, insects, amphibians and reptiles will likely find this tour very exciting and interesting! One of the highlight reptiles we will look for is Five-lined Skink. Eastern Ribbonsnake, Gray Ratsnake, Blanding’s Turtle, and other herptiles are also possible. Perhaps the most-fascinating insect find was that of a poised Mantidfly. This particular tour is undoubtedly one of my personal favourite tours on the schedule, and I believe I’m correct in saying that clients feel the same!

Itinerary: We will leave Ottawa the morning of the tour, leaving at 5:30 AM. Our first birding stop will be just south of Kaladar, in search of the Prairie Warblers that breed in the juniper scrub there. Next up, we are on to the eastern edge of Hastings County, in search of Blue-winged and Golden-winged warblers (and their hybrids). We are then on to Moscow Marsh and possibly Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area, where we will look and listen for Black Terns and Least Bitterns, among others. After Camden, we are moving along to the Napanee Limestone Plain, in search of Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Bobolink, and Upland Sandpiper. Our final birding sites of the day will be a hike in Frontenac Provincial Park and roadside birding along Canoe Lake Road. Our targets at these latter sites include Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, and Yellow-throated Vireo among others!

Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended. Please pack insect repellent, some snacks, plenty of water, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides.

Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a field lunch for today’s tour. We will have a tailgate lunch whenever the timing is right for the group 🙂

Activity Scale: I rate this tour at a 4 /5 regarding exertion level. Though the pace I set will be slow, we will be hiking throughout the day and covering a lot of ground, both by foot and by vehicle. The weather tends to be quite warm at this time of year, which compounds the perceived difficulty of some of the hikes. Some of the terrain we will be walking on is quite uneven and quite hilly. Please seriously consider your physical limitations before signing up for this tour.

Meet at 5:30 AM at the eastern parking lot (the northeastern lot, specifically) of the Eagelson Park and Ride or meet at the Shell just off Highway 7 at Kaladar, at 7:30 AM. Please contact me if you require a GPS pin of either location.

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $80.00

Duration: 10 hours

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