17 Aug 2019 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Leader: Justin Peter (jbpetr[at]yahoo.ca or 613-858-3744)

Meet: 7:30 a.m. on Cassels Street, at the north edge of Mud Lake.

Description: The second part of August is a great time to enjoy the ‘last hurrah’ of summer. Resident birds tie up the breeding season and southbound migrants begin to trickle into our area en route to points beyond. We’ll explore the Ottawa River corridor, starting with a good look at Britannia Conservation Area. Among others, we could be treated to a variety of songbirds including warblers, vireos, sparrows, flycatchers and more, some presenting challenging identifications due to their drab or ragged appearances at this time of year. We’ll work our way westward towards Shirleys Bay* where we’ll watch for a similar complement of birds along with (hopefully) a good showing of waders and waterfowl.

Binoculars, a drink and a mid-morning snack are recommended. There will be some relatively minor elevation change but wear sturdy footwear. A hat is recommended for the sun, but bug spray is likely unnecessary. This excursion is suitable for novice through advanced birders.

*Access to this site requires that all participants be bona fide OFNC members, and that your name is on the Shirley’s Bay access list. If your name is not on the list, please request that it be added as early as possible, by emailing membership@ofnc.ca.