Birding Tours

 

Scheduled Birding Tours

Specializing in Scheduled and Private Half-day Birding tours in the Greater Bay of Quinte Area with local Birder Tom Wheatley. goldenwingbirding@outlook.com

* New tours added to my schedule often, bookmark this page, and check in regularly.

 

MARCH 2019

Saturday 16 March 2019:  Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend

Eight eager participants came out for the QFN outing to Presquile despite high winds. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch at the lighthouse under sunny skies.  We managed to see 43 species, twenty of them waterfowl, at both Presquile and the Barcoven area.  Highlights included Canvasback, American coot and thousands of other Waterfowl.

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Saturday 30 March 2019: Waterfowl on the Bay of Quinte

On Saturday March 30th, four hearty birders braved the cold rain to search the Bay of Quinte and Barcoven area for migrating Waterfowl. Together we found 18 different species of waterfowl, including Green-winged teal, Northern Pintail, Gadwall and American Wigeon.  An additional 18 bird species were seen by the group, including an immature Bald eagle, for a total of 36 species.

APRIL 2019

Saturday 13 April 2019:  Early birds at the Frink

There was lots of activity at the bird feeders when we first arrived at the HR Frink Center, with many Juncos and a few Phoebe’s singing.  Pied-billed grebes, Buffleheads, Ring-neck ducks and Wood ducks we’re seen at the Marsh,  as well as newly arrived Swamp sparrows and Flickers. A muddy walk through the woods to the Sugar Shack and along the Moira river revealed Sapsuckers and Rusty blackbirds.   Meadowlarks and Kestrels braved the winds at a nearby grassland, and a heronry hosted a Great horned owl nest with three owlets. The group photograghed both Tree swallows and Bluebirds inspecting nest boxes at a local golf course. We recorded 47 species during our 4.5 hour tour.

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Early birds at Napanee Alvar: Wednesday 24 April 2019

Early Grassland birds were recorded in good numbers today, including  32 Eastern Meadowlark , 3 Upland Sandpiper and two pairs of Loggerhead Shrike.  Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail and a first of the year Common Moorhen played hide-and-seek in Moscow Marsh.  Ring-necked Duck, Blue-winged Teal and Wood Duck were counted among the lingering waterfowl at Camden  lake.

MAY  2019

Springbrook Alvar:  Saturday 11 May 2019

We began at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons with a few dabbling ducks and both Least and Solitary Sandpipers.  The large Springbrook Alvar had some nice returning migrants including 4 Upland Sandpiper,  6 Grassland Sparrows,  many Eastern Meadowlarks and a Blue-winged Warbler.   Clay-Colored Sparrow and another Blue-winged Warbler were eventually found on nearby Twiddy road.  We stopped in at the Madoc Sewage Lagoon for Common Moorhen, Virginia Rail and Marsh Wren, finally finishing at the Madoc Dump, and topping out at over 80 species for the day.

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Migration at the Point:  Sunday 12 May 2019

Twelve birders joined me on Mother’s day in Traverse woods, where about a dozen warbler species showed well. Palm, Blackburnian and Black-throated Green  joined many Northern Parula.  Later, about 25 new birders walked with me to the Lighthouse after a light drizzle, and we saw Black-throated Blue and many Yellow warblers and heard a Northern Waterthrush. A number of old nests were inspected,  and we watched Cliff swallows at their nests.

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Migration at the Point: Wednesday 15 May 2019

Ten experienced birders joined me for a full morning of birding at Prince Edward County’s Migration hotspot, Prince Edward point,  during the Spring Birding Festival.  Amid the constant activity,  highlights included Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers,  Yellow-throated Vireo, Scarlet Tanager and in the Lake a few Surf Scoters.

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Napanee Alvar:  Friday 24 May 2019

Grassland birds including 2 Upland Sandpiper, Eastern Kingbird, American Kestrel, 3 Ring-necked Pheasants and 4 Loggerhead Shrikes were seen and photographed on this private tour in this unique Land in Between.

JUNE 2019

Menzel Provincial Park:

Tuesday 4 June 2019

The still morning chill kept the insects at bay and bird activity high along this 2 km return hike.  A migrating Olive-sided Flycatcher greeted me near the entrance,  along with a Mourning Warbler and a Blue-winged Warbler.  Canada Warbler was the target species, with at least 4 singing males scattered along this unique fen environment. 

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Springbrook Alvar:  Friday 14 June 2019

The Springbrook area has seen a decline in Golden-winged warblers in recent years, so spotting both Blue-winged and Brewsters warblers along Twiddy road today was not too out of the ordinary.   Upland Sandpiper and Grasshopper Sparrow were highlights in the large Alvar area, as were Broad-winged hawk and Coopers hawk nearby.  A Male Ring-necked duck at the Stirling Sewage Lagoons was somewhat out of place,  Bank, Barn and Tree Swallows joined a few Chimney Swifts above the lagoon in high winds.

JULY 2019

Birds and Bees Festival at Stanners Vineyard 

Saturday 27 July 2019 

Fifteen birders joined  me for two scheduled birding hikes along the Millennium Trail at Slab Creek.  Over fifty Great Egrets were present in this wetland, along with Green and Great Blue Herons feeding on frogs.  A good mix of Shorebirds were also there, yet proved more difficult  to find.   Many people enjoyed the festivities at the Vineyard afterward.

 

AUGUST 2019

Morning at the Frink

Friday 2 August 2019

A visit to the New Marsh Boardwalk , where normally shy Marsh birds tend to show quite well at this time of year. Family’s of Virginia rails were seen, as well as 3 Least Bitterns. Marsh warns, and a few shorebirds; Spotted and Solitary Sandpiper.

Where: H.R. Frink Conservation Area north of Belleville

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Private Birding Tours

If you would like to search for that special bird you’ve always wanted to see, or you cannot make a Scheduled Tour date, consider booking a half-day Private Birding Tour.

Rates: $40 for each Birder, with a minimum Group cost of $80.00 

Contact for a booking: (343) 645-6345

goldenwingbirding@outlook.com

 

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