June 9, 2018 6:30 am
Leader: Justin Peter (jbpetr [at] yahoo.ca or 613-858-3744) with Sophie Roy
Meet: 6:30 a.m. at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre (northeast corner of parking lot, Richmond Road at Assaly Road, near Pizza Pizza) or 7 a.m. at parking lot P8 in Gatineau Park.
We’ll explore a number of Gatineau Park’s diverse habitats by foot, traveling between each by vehicle as we gradually make our way up towards the Eardley Escarpment overlooking the Ottawa Valley. Along the way, we’ll look and listen for birds just returning to or already set up in the breeding haunts such as beaver ponds, meadows, alder and willow thickets, and hardwood forest. Birds may include various warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, vireos, thrushes, waterfowl, waders and more. We’ll be in prime habitat for Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager too, and we’ll also look at anything else of interest! Binoculars, a drink and a mid-morning snack are recommended. There will likely be some elevation change so wear sturdy footwear. You may also need a hat and bug spray.