MacGregor Park is always a great spot to find birds in May and hiking with a knowledgeable and experienced leader like Henrique Pacheco will make this hike one to remember. You can see from the leaders biographies that Henrique, although one of the junior leaders in years, has a great deal of birding experience behind him.
As well as seeing many species of warblers and other birds along this hike, Henrique will be able to answer questions you have about the habitat and the birds you see. Some that have been seen along the edge of MacGregor Park are the Hooded, Blue and Golden-winged warblers as well as many water birds. Check out the list of 245 species of birds that have been seen during the past year of the festival.
Henrique is leading a Saturday morning hike this year so if you like to wander a few trails, see some nice birds and learn from a keen young leader, sign up and enjoy a leisurely hike in the great outdoors.
Pied-billed grebes at MacGregor Park in the Ducks Unlimited wetland.
Check out this link for registration information.
The area that this hike covers does indeed often turn up some very special birds and the person that leads these hikes is a VERY knowledgeable birder. Alfred lives in the Bruce Peninsula in the summer and spends much of the winter birding and leading birding hikes in Panama in the months that only the hardy birds stay here.
Alfred’s eyes and his ears are always tuned to the forest or the grasslands and he can identify more species than I’ve ever seen. I think a trip to Panama in the winter may be in our future J.
Alfred leads OFO hikes as well as local hikes for the Bruce Birding Club and when he takes us up in the Malcolm Bluff and Cape Croker area we’re pretty well assured of seeing some fairly rare and interesting birds. Last year at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival those included Hooded, Cerulean and Mourning warblers to name but a few. Last year the Cape Croker area also provided great views of a Loggerhead shrike as well as several Wilsons snipe. There are always surprise birds that show up and having Alfred leading the hike and describing what he hears and pointing out where the bird might be is invaluable. If you are planning a birding trip in the winter Alfred can also give you an idea as to what might be on the birding list for a trip to Panama.
Here’s the view we had of a Mourning warbler at Malcolm Bluff in 2016.
This is the Loggerhead shrike that was hunting in the ditch near Cape Croker.
If you want to see some great birds in their beautiful habitat and have a very knowledgeable leader to learn from check out the Huron Fringe Birding Festival schedule and take a hike with Alfred at Malcolm Bluffs and Cape Croker.
Check out his events with the link below.
As the Huron Fringe Birding Festival approaches I’ll try to give you a bit more information on some of the excellent and knowledgeable leaders that take their time out to help us learn about and appreciate birding as well as other interesting topics in nature. This blog post will highlight the achievements of Todd Pepper as he became the first Canadian member of the American Birding Association to see a representative of each of the world’s 234 living avian families. That’s quite a feat in that it requires a LOT of travel and even more determination to achieve this goal.
Here are a few of the links to some of the articles written after Todd achieved his goal.
This give you an idea as to the qualifications of Todd and the good fortune you would have to be on the hike he will be leading at the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival. If there’s something you want to know about birds, he’s a person to ask. It’s difficult for me to imagine just how much knowledge Todd has stored away and I’m sure he’d love to share as much as he can of his love of birds with fellow birders. Here’s an article that was written after he achieved his world record.
Todd will be leading an all day hike titled “Birding South Bruce” so sign up before the spots are all filled up and let Todd tell you about his birding adventures as he shows you the birds from the area.
You can check out the festival schedule of events at :
The initial rush for registration has passed by, as has February. Now as the snow has almost disappeared it’s time to take another look at other interesting events that still have a bit of room left to register for.
To find out a bit about the leaders of the events simply click on their names on the “Schedule of Events” page or on the schedule while you are considering registering for an event. You will find some of the most qualified and knowledgeable people in respect to the event they are leading. If you want to learn more about any given topic in nature these are the folks to ask. When you go on any hike they will be more than happy to answer any of your questions about nature. It’s a terrific way to learn as you also get to physically participate and feel and see nature in the beautiful areas of Bruce or Grey County.
The varied types of events in the festival include birds, trees, wildflowers, butterflies, amphibians, photography (both learning and participating), history of the areas, and natural ways of how nature provided for our ancestors. Every one of the events has a LOT to offer. I wish I could spread myself thinner and participate in them all but I’m sure over the coming years I will do just that. This festival is a terrific opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty nature has to offer and learn from some of the most knowledgeable leaders, both old and new!
Take a look over the events and fill up your weekends. It’s a once a year opportunity to get out, enjoy nature, learn more about nature and meet new friends with similar interests. There are challenging hikes, very relaxed hikes and all hikes and other events will enhance your knowledge of the natural world around you.
I’m booked solid for both weekends and looking forward to each and every early morning 🙂 Come out and join in the fun!!!
As midnight approaches so does the time to register for the events you would like to attend during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. February 1st is the first day for registration and since some of the events fill up quite quickly it would be good to get to your computer, log in and make sure you secure the events you are interested in!
Even if you see that some of the events you wanted to register for are full, don’t despair. There are many interesting events this year with leaders from the past festivals, new leaders, and leaders that have been giving people a chance to enjoy nature for many years. Their knowledge and expertise on several facets of nature will make it a VERY worthwhile time no matter what event you register for.
Take a look, pick your event, take a chance on something new, schedule yourself a time to thoroughly enjoy two wonderful weekends of spring.
The chill of winter has many birds far to the south enjoying the warmth of the sun while some of us are still here enjoying the birds that spend the winter with us.
It won’t be long until the migration north starts and the sounds and colour of migrating birds fills the woods and the meadows.
It’s time to start planning your spring and to help that along the schedule of events for the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival is now available to look over and plan for at:
then select ‘Huron Fringe Birding Festival’ tab and Schedule of Events
There are all day events, half day events, birding events, nature events, and a banquet with keynote speaker Ethan Meleg! Depending on what level of activity you want there’s something for everyone!! Check out the events and be sure to look over the Festival Products that are available as a new addition to the festival page this year. Registration opens on February 1 2017 so be prepared as some of the events fill up quite quickly.
Come out and enjoy nature, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances!!
Several of the original leaders from the first festival 20 years ago will again share their knowledge with you as they lead some of the events! Check out the schedule and get ready for the beginning of registration on February 1st 2017.
As we sit and listen about road closures, hear the wind and see the snow and ice building up in the yards it’s always nice to think about Spring and imagine how we might enjoy it!!
Here’s a Great way to enjoy the return of the birds and the smells of the great outdoors!
The 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2017
Take your calendar and mark off May 26 to May 29 and June 1 to June 4 2017. Then when Christmas is behind you and January 15th 2017 has just arrived go to the website:
and browse the schedule of events to see what most appeals to your love of birds and nature. Then February 1 2017 register online and choose your events to attend during the festival. Some events do fill up quickly so keep that in mind as you plan your choices.
Bring your binoculars and camera and join in the fun as we welcome the birds that have been living far to the south back for another season.
There are events for all the family and a nice variety to take you places in Bruce and Grey County that you might never have visited before.
There are knowledgeable leaders that have returned from previous festivals as well as new leaders who bring their wealth of knowledge with them to lead events this year!
Get your questions answered, experience nature at its best and meet new friends!
Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
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