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Specialty Birding Trips 2014

This spring I will be offering a series of trips from late March to the end of May. Half-day, local trips (4 ½ hours), full day birding trips throughout Eastern Ontario (approximately 8-10 hours including travel time) and weekend trips.

The focus of these trips will be in the greater Ottawa area and Eastern Ontario. With over 250 species migrating through this region in spring, it promises to be an exciting season.

The designated meeting time is the DEPARTURE time and meet INSIDE. Please arrive 15 minutes early. If you are carpooling please remember to make an equitable contribution to the driver for gas and park fees (if applicable). Remember to dress for the weather, pack a lunch on full day trips, and a snack on morning outings. Spring brings its share of bugs! Remember to bring repellent. If you are interested in borrowing binoculars or scopes, please let me know in advance. I have a limited number, so it’s first come first served. Keep in mind, however, you are responsible for any damage. Remember that scopes can blow over in strong winds, and food or rain drops smudge eyepieces. Please remember to use the rain guard on the binoculars.

Registration Procedures

As some trips are more weather dependent than others, it is important that you register in advance. When registering, please provide a contact phone number where I can reach you if a trip is cancelled. When registering by e-mail, please put the trip name and date of the trip in the subject line.

Payment by cash or cheque is due at the beginning of a field trip. Trips 2 or 3 days long are payable at least one week in advance. Please make cheques payable to Bruce Di Labio.



Spring 2014 Schedule


Wednesday, April 9: Early Spring Migrants (Local Trip)

We’ll be birding the Ottawa area in search of early migrants. If conditions are favourable a visit to the Carlsbad Springs, Bourget, Cobb Lake Creek, and Riceville areas looking for ducks and geese in the flooded fields will be considered.

Meet at Tim Hortons, Lancaster & Walkley Road

7:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $40.00


Sunday, April 20: Amherst and Wolfe Islands

Owls, hawks, waterfowl and spring migrants will be the focus of this trip. Ferry fee not included.

Meet at Tim Hortons Carling Ave. & March Rd.

5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $70.00


Wednesday, April 23: Birding the Ottawa River from Masson to Black Bay

Highlights of previous trips include Glossy Ibis, Pink-footed Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose! Anything is possible!

Meet at Tim Hortons on Richmond Rd., just west of Woodroffe Ave.

6:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $45.00


Thursday, May 1: Chaffey's Lock and Canoe Lake Road - Early Spring Migration

On this trip we will be looking for Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow and early warblers including the rare, but regular, Louisiana Waterthrush.

Meet at Tim Hortons, Carling Ave. & March Rd. (Kanata)

6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $55.00


Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4: Specialties of Algonquin Park

Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay and spring migrants will be the focus of this trip. We will bird a number of the park trails including Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Mizzy Lake Trail, Arowhon Road, Mew Lake and the old airfield. On Thursday evening, we’ll bird at dusk looking and listening for American Woodcock, American Bittern, Barred Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl.

Please let me know if you are interested in this trip as I will book accommodations. Trip cost does not include meals, transportation, park entry fees or accommodations.

Meet at 400 Donald B. Munro Dr., Carp on Saturday departing at noon. We will be returning on Sunday arriving back in Carp at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $ 170.00


Wednesday, May 7: Warbler Watching (Local Trip)

Warblers will be the focus of this trip. We will cover a variety of habitat in the Ottawa area in search of these little jewels during the peak of their migration.

Meet at Tim Hortons Carling Ave. near the Britannia Coliseum

6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $45.00


Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26: Eastern Ontario Tour

This tour endeavours to visit a number of unique birding areas in Eastern Ontario

Meet at 400 Donald B. Munro Dr., Carp on Saturday departing 12:00pm. We will return on Monday arriving back in Carp at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Please let me know well in advance if you wish to join us as I will book accommodations. Accommodations, meals, park fees and transportation are not included in the price.

Cost: $295.00 (includes HST) payable by May 1st.

Saturday
We will work our way to Presqu’ile Provincial Park stopping at three areas that offer completely different habitats. Our first stop will be Chaffey’s Lock. Here in the Carolinian forest Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireos and Yellow-billed Cuckoo breed. With its colourful bird life Chaffeys is a delight – Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Scarlet Tanagers breed here.

Next we will drive the farm lands in the Napanee area looking for the rare Loggerhead Shrike. This is one of the last breeding strongholds in Eastern Ontario. In this quiet pastoral setting we will enjoy Bobolinks with their bubbly call and the sweet song of Eastern Meadowlarks. Upland Sandpipers and sparrows that inhabit the fields will also be sought, including Savannah, Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows.

Our last stop before arriving in Brighton, where we will overnight for two nights, is the Brighton Hills. This area proved very interesting in previous years with Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers, Field Sparrows and Eastern Towhees.

After checking into our accommodations and dinner, we will bird Presqu’ile Provincial Park until dusk.

Sunday
The day will be devoted to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Presqu’ile is renowned for its shorebird migration and breeding birds. At this time of year large groundings of shorebirds such as Whimbrel, Red Knot, Dunlin, and Sanderling can occur as they make their way north. We will also be looking for birds that breed here which include Great Egret, Least Bittern, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Orchard Oriole.

Monday
The agenda for our final day will depend on weather and “birding” conditions. We may want to spend more time in Pres’quile (perhaps we may have an overnight “fallout”), or move on to Prince Edward County, another major migration area. Amherst Island, off Kingston, will also be considered. Amherst Island offers a range of habitat from wetlands to grasslands. Wilson’s Phalarope, Black Tern, Upland Sandpiper and Willow Flycatcher are some specialties of the area. We would visit the “Owl Woods” and Amherst Island Nature Preserve.



Wednesday, May 28: Spring Migration in Ottawa

On this trip we will cover a number of areas around Ottawa including the Britannia Conservation area, the Arboretum and Vincent Massey Park looking for warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers and orioles.

Meet at Tim Hortons Carling Ave. near the Britannia Coliseum

6:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $45.00


Thursday, May 29: Evening Sounds of the Marsh

We will check a number of marshes in the area looking for rails and bitterns. At dusk we will look for Whip-poor-will and American Woodcock listening for songs and calls.

Meet Tim Hortons, Carling Ave. and March Rd (Kanata)

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Cost: $40.00


Wednesday, June 18: Little Brown Jobs – Sparrow Identification

Eastern Ontario plays host to 10 different species of breeding sparrows. We will spend the day visiting the different habitats, learning to identify them by both sight and sound. Species such as Chipping, Clay-coloured, Field, Vesper, Savannah, Grasshopper, Song, Lincoln’s, Swamp and White-throated will be the focus of this trip. Despite their nickname “little brown jobs”, these birds are in fact distinctively marked and not as hard to identify as you may think.

Meet at Tim Hortons, Carling Ave. and March Rd. (Kanata)

6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $60.00


Sunday, June 22: Loggerhead Shrikes North of Napanee and Breeding Birds of Chaffey’s Lock

We will drive the farm lands in the Napanee area looking for the rare Loggerhead Shrike. This is one of the last breeding strongholds in Eastern Ontario. In this quiet pastoral setting we will enjoy Bobolinks with their bubbly call and the sweet song of Eastern Meadowlarks. Upland Sandpipers, and sparrows that inhabit the fields will also be sought, including Savannah, Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows.

On our return to Ottawa we bird Chaffey’s Lock. Here in the Carolinian forest Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireos and Yellow-billed Cuckoo breed. With its colourful bird life Chaffey’s is a delight – Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Scarlet Tanagers all breed here.

Meet at Time Hortons, Carling Ave. and March Rd. (Kanata)

6:00am – 3:00pm.

Cost: $70.00


Wednesday, June 25: Breeding Birds of Gatineau Park

Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak are just a sampling of the birds we will be looking for on this morning trip.

Meet at Tim Hortons, Richmond Rd. just west of Woodroffe Ave.

6:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $45.00


Sunday, June 29: Breeding Birds of the Eastern Lagoons

Highlights may include Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Common Moorhen, Virginia and Sora Rail, Wilson's Phalarope, and Marsh Wren to name a few. We may encounter some shorebirds, either still migrating north or heading south. Anything is possible!

Meet at Tim Hortons St. Laurent Blvd. near Smyth Rd.

6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $55.00


PRINTABLE SCHEDULE: 2014 Spring Specialty Birding Trips






General Information

Registration:
To register, please complete the registration form found here. Trips fill up quickly, so please register as soon as possible.  

Payment:
Payment is due by the beginning of each trip.


Transportation:
For these speciality trips, we will be carpooling. The designated meeting time is the
DEPARTURE time.  Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can arrange carpooling. If you are carpooling please remember to make an equitable contribution to the driver for gas and park fees (if applicable).

What to Bring:
Remember to dress for the weather, pack a lunch on full day trips, and a snack on half day outings. 


Field Equipment:
If you are interested in borrowing binoculars or scopes, please let me know in advance. I have a limited number, so it's first come first served. Keep in mind, however, you are responsible for any damage. Remember that scopes can blow over in strong winds, and food or rain drops smudge eyepieces. Please remember to use the rain guard on the binoculars.