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There’s Still Time for Some Great Spring Birding in the Bruce

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The first weekend of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival came to a close Monday with a total of 182 species of birds seen or heard on the various events. Now we get to see how many more we can add to the total as the second weekend begins tomorrow (May 30 ). It will be interesting to see if we can break 200 species for this festival.

If you still have the urge to see a few birds, identify a few trees or wildflowers, or learn a bit of the history of the area there are still events available. Many are fully booked but you can register for a few that will give you an opportunity to meet some fellow nature lovers and learn from the knowledgeable leaders. We have some of the best event leaders in Ontario as you can see from their biographies at:

Take a few minutes to read about them and then take a bit longer to register and come out and enjoy the event that they are leading. Act quickly as events are nearing capacity on a few of the days.

Its been great weather so far other than 1 torrential downpour that caught several of us in the woods on a morning hike but soon we were dried out and all was forgotten as the birds just kept showing up.

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These are a few of the birds we have seen during the first weekend and I’m sure many will be still moving through in the few days ahead, but we’ll also see some of the birds that are now starting to nest.

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There were many bird squabbles as the colourful males were fighting over territory and not worrying much as to how close we were to the action. This Chestnut-sided warbler was one of those that had other males vying for the same territory.


Some species like this Bobolink travel over 6000 miles to grace us with their presence before they stake their claim, raise their family and then head back to Argentina during our cold winter. Its just hard to imagine what some of these small feathered friends go through to come and see us during the summer.

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This Cape May warbler will head to the north of us to raise their family so this will be the only chance we have to see them in their bright breeding colours. In the fall they will head back south in much more reserved attire.

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A bright spot in anyone’s Spring migration is the Scarlet Tanager as it returns to our area. This bird breeds in this area and it’s well worth the hike into the woods to hopefully see the brilliance of the male as it stakes out its territory.

There are still photography events, botany events, birding events and events where you can sit and wait for the birds to come to you, as you make new friends and chat about your festival highlights

Its one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario and I’m sure looking forward to an early morning start for another 4 days of Spring action in Bruce and Grey Counties.

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May 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

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May is Here and the Birds are Arriving!!

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May has arrived and more migrating birds are appearing every day in Bruce and Grey Counties. There are still opportunities to register for both all day and half day hikes during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Some of our excellent leaders have room on some of their hikes for nature lovers that want to learn more about Bruce and Grey Counties in general or more about the birds and botany of the area specifically. I’ve lived here most of my life and I’m still finding new locations that offer many interesting birds, plants and scenery. Let one of our knowledgeable leaders introduce you to our area and the sights and sounds that spring migrations and a walk closer to nature can provide.
Here’s a link to the Festival web pages where you can check out the schedule of events, read over the leaders’ biographies, see what birds we have seen during past festival and most importantly register for one event or more to join in the fun.

Any photos in these blogs are birds that have been seen or events that have been run at previous festivals.

This is one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals and if you sign up for an event or two, I’m sure you’ll see why. MacGregor Provincial Park is itself a beautiful place to visit and events that take you out to various habitats show the diversity of birds, plants and other wildlife in the area around the park.

Take a few minutes to check us out or tell a friend about the festival if you’ve been here in previous years. It’s a great place to meet new people, see new birds, get some fresh air on some interesting hikes and thoroughly enjoy what nature provided us in this part of Ontario.

We have diverse habitats, many migrants as well as nesting birds and would love to share our area with you the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June. Join in the fun and pick one or two events that seem to interest you the most. Hope to see you out on the trail or sitting with your binoculars waiting for the birds to come to you.


Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Written by huronfringefest

May 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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