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The Festival has come to a Successful Conclusion for Another Year

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The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is over for 2018 but plans are already in the works for an even better event next year. So get your 2019 calendars and block off a couple of weekends to come and enjoy birding hikes, nature hikes, wild flower hikes, photography hikes and other interesting nature events.

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These past events saw over 400 attendees enjoy the sunny and dry days. We received many positive comments and some good ideas to incorporate in to the 2019 festival. By the end of the festival there had been over 180 species of birds seen or heard by the participants. As the tree leaves blossomed with the warm weather the birds found it much easier to hide, so good ears were a benefit in knowing what was hiding behind those quivering leaves.

Our mascot American redstart showed up on many of the events to the delight of many of the photographers. These wonderful little warblers add a nice touch of colour to the green of the newly opened leaves.

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For a complete list of birds that were seen this year check back soon on the festival website and until 2018 is updated its easy to see what birds have been seen over the past several festivals. It gives you an idea of the possibilities for 2019.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/species-list

The festival in 2019 will have two knowledgeable birders in the persons of Mike and Ken Burrell giving the keynote address at the dinner on Saturday night. Come and enjoy some of their experiences and knowledge regarding the natural world we all love to see and find out where in Ontario to see those elusive birds.

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Note the new time that registration starts next year. No more staying up until midnight to get your first requests for events entered. Have a nice morning coffee as you log in at 6:00 am March 1 2019 to choose the events you would like to participate in!

The Piping plovers at Sauble Beach that many enjoyed a view of have had their first eggs hatch and with three nesting sites this year more should soon follow. Hopefully the numbers of these small shorebirds can recover with a bit of help from the communities that they choose to nest in.

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Enjoy a wonderful year as summer approaches and don’t forget to get those dates marked on your calendar for next years Huron Fringe Birding Festival. It will indeed be another great opportunity to enjoy nature and meet new friends with similar interests.

 

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June 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

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The Birding Extravaganza Continues !!

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Even with the weather forecast initially looking wet the first weekend of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival we ended up with sunshine and warm weather. The number of species seen was well over 120 but it did take a bit of hunting to get good views of the birds. With the warmer weather the leaves on the trees opened up making it a bit of a challenge to pick out those birds hiding behind them. All the hikes were well attended and interesting birds did show up. A White-eyed vireo was discovered near Pike Bay before the festival and stuck around to give people good views of a bird that doesn’t often come this far north.

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At Sky Lake a Black tern gave most a great view as it seemed to be interested in making a nest on a clump of grasses in the water fairly close to the roadway. Usually we see these birds on the wing so it was nice to get good scope and binocular views. Maybe we’ll even get to see some young terns later on in the year.

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Several of the events have had 90 to 120 species of birds either seen or heard. Some are difficult to get a glimpse of as they skulk around near the ground or in the underbrush but its nice to know they are there. Overall there are usually 160 to 199 species seen during the two weekends so I’m sure there are several more yet to be seen by the sharp eyes and heard by the even sharper ears of our participants.

Yesterday another teaser showed up when a Glossy ibis was seen a bit south of the park. Several people got to view the bird before it flew to a different location. Hopefully someone else will come upon this bird during one of the festival hikes. We were fortunate enough to see it at the original location that is had been spotted.

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The weather reports for the next few days don’t show much rain so I’m sure the final weekend will be a great time to enjoy some of the beautiful sights as Spring begins to unfold its beauty on Bruce and Grey Counties. Check out the events and see if there’s something that might interest you. It’s a great time to meet new friends and see birds and other wonders of nature. Here’s the link to the festival page.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival

With the recent very warm weather some of the winter birds will certainly have moved north but there is still a very good chance of seeing one of the remaining Snowy owls. Each day of the first weekend there was a Snowy owl seen by at least one of the groups.

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We hope to see all of you out to enjoy an event or two before the festival winds down on Sunday June 3 !!!

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May 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

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Spring has Arrived and the Birds are Here as Well!

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I sit here typing and listening to the wonderful bird sounds outside the house this morning. Since the colder weather has given way to the warmer breezes the birds have arrived in the area in numbers. The last Bruce Birding Club outing noted 22 species of warblers, several Vireo and Flycatcher species and many more species moving into the forests in the area.

If you haven’t yet signed up for an event or two of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival its time to check your calendar and treat yourself to a few days of birding or other nature event to learn and to enjoy the wonders nature presents to us this time of year. Some events are full but there are still several that have spots left on hikes with very knowledgeable leaders. To see what is available check the events at this link:

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival

Once summer arrives the birds will be settled in their ranges raising families and more difficult to see and hear. As they migrate through our area they are chipping and calling and present a wonderful time to learn their calls as well see what the birds look like all dressed up in their breeding plumage. The various ferns are starting to grow and the wild flowers are showing their colours in the forest as well.

So take a break from the routine of working and enjoy some trips through the areas of Bruce and Grey that you seldom see. Feel free to pose any questions to the hike leaders and educate yourself on the wonders nature has to offer.

Come out and enjoy an event or two or entire weekends during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival on May 25 to 28 and May 31 to June 3.

 

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May 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

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Time to get Your Spring Bird Planning done !

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The sun has been shining steadily the past few days welcoming us to the start of another Spring season but the cold wind has been reminding us that Spring doesn’t always start instantly. Soon the temperature will rise, the migrating birds will begin to return in numbers and the urge to see these feathered friends will get us outside with our binoculars and scopes.

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of that outdoor time on hikes lead by some of the best birders and leaders in the country. Several of the programs are already full but there are still many good choices to pick from to get out and enjoy some birds, nature hikes and camaraderie of other birders and nature lovers.

Check out the available events at this link:

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

and take a bit of time to enjoy some of the beauty that Bruce and Grey Counties have to offer. Selecting the ‘Huron Fringe Birding Festival’ tab will give you several choices from checking the program, to registering, finding out a bit about the leaders and seeing a list of the birds we have seen during the past festivals.

Take a few minutes, check out the festival web pages and see what events might give you just that extra bit of enjoyment during the warmer days of Spring.

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March 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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Winter may be here now but it’s Time to Think Spring !!

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January is winding down and very soon February 1st will arrive!! Its then time to register for the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and think about warm weather as you pick the events that best fit your type of outdoor adventure! There are many events to check out and you can do that now here:
http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events .

Then on Feb 1st you head to the registration page here:
http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/registration

and sign up for the amazing events that will put a spring smile on your face 🙂

There are many leaders, many different events to choose from and all of them will be amazing nature outings to experience.

Our amazing sponsors and a multitude of hard working volunteers join together to present this premier Birding and Nature event for you to join in and enjoy!!

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Check out the schedule of events, get those binoculars and other optics cleaned and polished  and join us for this event that starts at MacGregor Provincial Park and takes us to various parts of Bruce and Grey Counties to enjoy the spring birds and other aspects of nature as well.

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January 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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2018 is Not Far Away Now !

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The birds of spring have gone for a visit to the warmer countries to the south but sooner than you realize they will be on their way back to welcome another spring with their bright colours and cheery tunes. In order to be ready to welcome them back and observe their spring colours its time to start thinking again about the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. In order to plan your birding weekends you can check out the 2018 schedule when it is posted on January 15th on the website!

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

For news of the festival as it approaches and then begins you can follow along on Facebook as well!

https://www.facebook.com/HuronFringeBirdingFestival/

Here is some of the information to keep handy as the countdown starts to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival schedule of events posting on January 15th 2018 and then the registration start date of February 1 2018.

 

The 2018 festival has returning events, new events, returning leaders and new leaders to give you a wide variety of choices for two enjoyable spring birding weekends! Come out and enjoy the wonders of nature as they unfold before your eyes. Bring some friends, your camera and your love of nature. Mark your calendar; enter Jan 15th and Feb 1st in your electronic device calendar and start your spring out with the Huron Fringe Birding Festival!

Check out the Blogroll links as the festival nears to see what bird species are being seen in the area.

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December 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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The 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival has come to a Close.

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Many sunny days and fantastic leaders helped the participants of the 2017 festival see or hear 180 species of birds this year. The feedback we received will help organizers make the 2018 festival an even better event.

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The second weekend of the festival highlighted many of the birds that stay in the area to nest and raise their families. As many of us saw, nests were being constructed in some locations and young birds were already showing up in other locations. This time of the year is a very busy time for the birds as they fly north, pick a partner or join up with their original partner, build a nest and raise their families.

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There were still beautiful birds to be seen by the participants as they hiked through the wilds of Bruce County finding new birding locations to visit and new wonders of nature to appreciate.

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Our festival bird, the American redstart was singing its heart out as it showed up often to entertain the birders and their binoculars. The female redstarts were busy building nests and the males were protecting their territory as they flitted about overhead.

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This year there were several Black-billed cuckoos seen moving from tree to tree checking out the numerous tent caterpillar nests in the fruit trees. Although the cuckoos are quite quiet a few posed for photos before flying off to hide in a distant tree.

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Even the Chimney swifts cooperated and gave several groups a fly-over as they were enjoying their lunches and the sunny weather.

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The Bobolinks come all the way from Argentina for our festival and never failed to entertain the hikers as the birds trilled their happy tunes.

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These are just a small sample of the birds that showed up for the second weekend of our event to make the photographers as well as the birders enjoy each day.

Next year as you can see from the following line card our speaker for Saturday dinner will be Michael Runtz. Plan to come out next year and enjoy his talk as you enjoy a wonderful dinner and the companionship of others who love birding and nature in general.

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Thanks for making the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival a VERY special event indeed and come on out next year for even more fun in the wilds of Bruce and Grey Counties.

Remember to check out the links under the ‘Blogroll” heading of this blog to keep up to date with the birds and events in this area during the year ahead.

 

Hope to see you all again next year and don’t forget to tell your friends all about our festival!

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June 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

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