Walking 2.5 miles (4 km) on flat trails, thick vegetation, muddy and varied terrain with small inclines. There will be short transfers by van. Distances are variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn to be on-site for birding excursions by 6:00 am, which involves extended periods of standing, walking over uneven terrain and in wooded areas. Approximately 6 to 7 hours to be spent in the field daily. Walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are recommended.
Breakfast will be available to-go at 5:00 am.
Birding will begin at the tip of the park. We hope to observe shorebirds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. The tip regularly attracts unusual species like the Little Gull. Along the trails we hope to see resident species like the Orchard Oriole, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and the Eastern Screech Owl. We may see uncommon birds like the Whip-Poor-Will, Scarlet Tanager, or Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in with the warblers.
We’ll be eating a boxed lunch at a picnic table within the park, where you may see the Broad-Winged Hawk, Bald Eagle, or Northern Harrier. Other birds passing by include various species of swallows, the Chimney Swift, and Sandhill Crane.
Birding will continue in the park, exploring areas around the Visitor’s Centre, and various trails within park boundaries.
Dinner will be served at the hotel and will include coffee, tea, and water.
The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.