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ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS WITH BRETT WOODMAN

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On Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 AM, Brett Woodman will be ‘ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS’. You can still register (B19) for his hike and join him as he searches our local countryside for the elusive nesting grassland birds of Saugeen Shores. Brett sent us his thoughts on the hike. And here they are.

I am an ecological consultant by day and live in Kitchener with my wife and two sons. Growing up, my grandparents lived in Southampton and to this day our family still has their house. As a result MacGreor Park and more broadly the southern Bruce Peninsula is a special place for me. It is in this area that I have really explored my interest in birds and plants. I met Mike Pickup, a well-known local birder in the mid-90s while birding. From that chance encounter he led me on a number of birding forays to some of his favourite birding spots in the area. Many of those spots are now favourite spots of my own. For the Road Birding for Grassland Birds hike I will lead the group to a variety of spots south and east of the Park. We will be targeting open country birds like bobolink, grasshopper sparrows, and upland sandpipers, but will also explore old farm fields that are regenerating as shrub thicket communities. In these areas we will be looking for blue and golden winged warblers, clay-coloured sparrows, eastern towhees, cuckoos, etc. The habitat in this area is really high quality and there is a chance we could get lucky and find something much rarer like a Henslow’s sparrow, lark sparrow or loggerhead shrike. This spring has been really late and I feel like migration is somewhat delayed as a result.

Bobolink Male (Paul Nickleson, Special to QMI Agency)

Bobolink Male (Paul Nickleson, Special to QMI Agency)

I leave today for 4 days of birding at Pelee Island with my seven year-old son and some friends. We are very excited. This is an annual trip for me and the second year for my son. He too is an enthusiastic naturalist and the opportunity to bird and botanize with him has made it all the more rewarding for me.

Brett and Son on an early spring hike.

Brett and Son on an early spring hike.


For an up-close look at the what you can expect to experience at this year’s Huron Fringe Birding Festival click on: http://youtu.be/0_vvcLJdE74

 REGISTER NOW – ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS (B19) 7:00 AM – Saturday May 31: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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