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Migration is Under Way!

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Pine Warbler

As I look out this morning and see the snowflakes drifting down I wonder how the birds are feeling about heading north already. I’m sure it’s just a bit of a “speed bump” that they’ve had to endure in past years but after 26 C weather it is indeed a bit of a change. These days will pass though as spring progresses and more birds work their way north to start a new breeding season here as well to the north of us.

To fully enjoy these days of bird song and see the bright colours as they flit through the trees check out the events that are still available during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival scheduled for May 27-30 and June 2-5 2022. Registration opened on April 15th and although several of the events are now full there are still many to chose from once you have created an account. Click the link below to see what spaces are still available for the various events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Schedule of Events

With the warm days we just experienced the first of the migrating warblers arrived and entertained many local birders as they zipped through the trees hunting down the many bugs that emerged with the warmer weather. Yellow-rumped, Black and White, as well as Palm and Pine warblers were abundant as they are usually the first to arrive in numbers. Others will come to the area once the weather warms up a bit more and towards the end of May there will be several species of warblers and other interesting birds populating the forests, swamps and wetlands of Bruce and Grey Counties.

Black and White Warbler

With birds here our exceptional leaders are ready to take you out and introduce you to them. The festival is an experience you really must participate in to appreciate the spring migration and all the other aspects of nature this area offers. Birding is the main theme of the festival but other aspects of nature are covered as well and its amazing what you can learn from the knowledgeable leaders we have on the various events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Leader Biographies

May is only a few days away now and I’m sure these snowflakes we see today will soon be a distant memory so take a few moments and sit down at your computer, tablet or phone and look through what the Huron Fringe Birding Festival has to offer. Then later in the month get your camera battery charged, your binoculars cleaned, your water bottle filled and get ready to have some spring fun.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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April 28, 2022 at 4:32 pm

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It’s Time to Think Spring Migration

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Red-headed Woodpecker

April has arrived and with it some warmer weather as well as some bird song in the mornings. The American robins and Northern cardinals are announcing to the neighbourhood that they are claiming their territory. Now is the time to get prepared for the major migration in April, May and June and a great way to do that is plan what events you would like to attend during the 2022 Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Registration for the 97 festival events begins April 15 at 6:00 am so anytime now, if you do not already have an account, set one up so you are prepared to register for your favourite events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Registration

The “Create An Account” is on the right side of the screen just below the “Login” button. For those that already have an account make sure it is working okay as passwords can easily be forgotten, especially since its been quite a while since you needed it.

New birds are already showing up in yards and at the local pond or wetland. Some winter birds are still around but soon they will wing their way north making way for the new arrivals. Now is a great time to get out and see some of those winter birds before they disappear until late fall. With no leaves on the trees and much of the vegetation compressed by the winter snow its much easier to see and identify any of the birds in the yard or perched in a tree.

The Festival this year has a wide variety of events to chose from so take some time and peruse them all as you pick out your favourites. Pick a few second choices as well as events can fill up quite quickly the first week of registration.

One of my favourite events in past festivals was “ Bird Til You Drop” as it takes you from 6:00 am until after dark as you often see more than 100 species during the day. This year that event is called “A Big Day” and its being led by two young birders who are doing a “Big Year” in Ontario. Kiah Jasper and Ezra Campanelli will take you through a variety of habitats and wonderful birding locations in the area and share their extensive knowledge of birds with you. This year Kiah and Ezra are helping spread the word of our festival as they travel Ontario in search of birds.

Ezra on the left and Kiah on the right checking out some birds in eastern Ontario

They have been on the trail of new birds since January 1st and although their list of birds seen is already formidable, they will be looking to add to their totals as they guide you through a terrific long day of birding. Their goal this year is to try and exceed the record for the number of species seen in Ontario in one year. Presently that total is 346 and was set in 2017 by another of our event leaders, Jeremy Bensette. Jeremy is leading four events at the festival this year so as you can see even from these leaders, its going to be a special festival indeed.

While reading through the events (you can print out a paper copy for future reference) also refer to the “Leader Biographies” and you will really see just how much natural knowledge is going to be available to you on this two-weekend festival (May 27-30 and June 2-5).

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Leader Biographies

Being out seeing new birds as well as familiar birds, enjoying new nature experiences, making new friends, and renewing old acquaintances is what the Huron Fringe Birding Festival is all about. Most of you familiar with this blog will know exactly what I’m talking about so make sure to let your friends know about the festival and about the possibilities for them to get exposed to several facets of nature that we cover with the range of our events.

Cape May Warbler

As I sit here typing, an American robin is perched outside singing his song and I’m sure he’s thankful for the rain last night that would haver brought more worms to the surface for the robin to enjoy. I’m also eagerly watching for the first emergence of those cluster flies that will entice the colourful warblers and other insectivores to head north and enjoy feasting while providing us with wonderful birdwatching.

So get your events picked out, get your account set up for the festival and get ready for April 15th!!!

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April 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

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