3 Nov 2018 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leaders: Tony Beck & Nina Stavlund

Meet: Petrie Island Causeway, north of intersection at Highway 17 and Trim Road (Orleans) (Map: https://goo.gl/8sck1s)

Description: In early November, most of our local agricultural fields have been harvested and cut. This provides open views from the roadside where birds are easily observed as they forage through the stubble. Although many will have already passed through, we’ll still witness much evidence of migration. After a quick check of the Ottawa River for diving ducks, we’ll drive through open country east of Ottawa looking for Sandhill Cranes, various geese, gulls and hawks. We’ll check all flocks of waterfowl for unusual species like Ross’s Goose or Greater White-fronted Goose. Recent late-fall migrations have produced thousands of Greater Snow Geese – an extremely impressive sight. While checking the Snow Geese, we hope to find a mega-rarity; Pink-footed Goose!

Because we will be standing along busy roads, for safety reasons the leaders request that only adults attend this event. The trip is also not suitable for accompanying pets (which is really the case for any naturalist outing). Also for safety reasons, participation is limited to the first 20 OFNC members who register. If you sign up but then cannot go, please let the leaders know so that someone else can take your place.

This trip will only be cancelled if we have severe weather conditions. Listen to the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We will try to have as few vehicles as possible so carpooling is encouraged. Bring binoculars and telescopes. Contact the leaders if you have any questions or to register: TonysAlwaysAnAdventure@gmail.com