Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain, small inclines. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.
Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.
Early morning check out. We'll start birding again at the tip of Point Pelee National Park. Besides looking for migratory songbirds, we'll also check the tip for shorebirds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. At this time of year the woods will be alive with bird song. We'll take our time to get good views of as many spring migrants as possible. We should also see resident species such as Orchard Oriole, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and hopefully Eastern Screech Owl. Mixed in with the warblers, we might see uncommon birds like Whip-poor-will, Clay-coloured Sparrow, or something exceptionally rare like Blue Grosbeak or Henslow's Sparrow. Again we'll pick a table within proximity of migrating birds. We may see raptors flying overhead like Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle or Northern Harrier. Sometimes we'll see Black-billed Cuckoo, Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and with luck, Mississippi Kite. After, we'll transfer to Rondeau Provincial Park by coach
In a scenic spot with good view of birds, we'll enjoy our boxed lunches
Upon arrival to Rondeau Provincial Park, we'll check out the visitors centre, then hike the Tulip Tree trail, with a chance to see the rare Prothonotary Warbler. Other species present include Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a variety of migrant warblers. We'll travel to Chatham by coach in the late afternoon.
At a local restaurant.