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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:

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/leader-biographies

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.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/registration

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.

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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.

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

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.

 

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May 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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Get Ready for Some Nature Appreciation Days!!

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Soon the temperatures will start to rise and the snow will begin to disappear. Even though we are still in the grip of winter there is hope for the future. Registration opened for the Huron Fringe Birding Festival on March 1st and already people are signing up to enjoy many of the 90+ events the festival has to offer. Some of the events are already full but with so many to choose from there is still time to check it out at:
http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival
and pick something that interests you and gives you a spring song to listen to. The birds will be migrating through our area, leaves on the trees will be coming out and the air will be warming up. Take a little time in late May or early June to join us at the festival and go on a few events with our knowledgeable leaders to learn about, enjoy and appreciate all that nature has to give us.
It’s a perfect opportunity to ask questions, make new friends, explore new territory and enjoy spring in Bruce and Grey Counties.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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March 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm

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Spring is Just Around the Corner!

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Today as the snow is falling lightly on the ground and the birds are coming to the feeder its time to think of those warmer days ahead when the migrating birds start to make their return trip northwards. Think of the sunshine, the large numbers of colourful birds and getting out to enjoy that time of year with other friendly birders. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival in late May and early June is an ideal event to satisfy all those thoughts and as luck would have it……. you can now look over the 2019 festival schedule of events right here. http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events .
The time to register for the festival is March 1st to May 23rd 2019 so it gives you some time to peruse the events and see which ones interest you. There are several to consider as there are almost 100 events to check out and excellent leaders for each of these interesting events. The range covers birding, botany, photography, history of the area as well as other topics. The keynote speakers at this year’s dinner are Mike and Ken Burrell speaking about some of the best places in Ontario to find interesting birds.


Head to this link http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival and click on the Huron Fringe Birding Festival tab to see what birds have been seen during other festivals, leader biographies, and other interesting links. Then sit and dream about getting out again in that warm spring weather with your binoculars, scope and camera handy to enjoy some colourful birds or landscapes.


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Yellow Ladyslipper

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Keep warm, dream a little of spring and check out our interesting schedule of events for the 2019 Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Put a little time aside to join in and see the fun and knowledge of nature this festival can bring to you in May and June. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there !!

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January 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm

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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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