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FLOWERPOT – NATURE’S SPECIAL ISLAND

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A view from the Jet Boat

If you’ve ever wanted to explore FLOWERPOT ISLAND, this is the perfect opportunity. On Sunday, May 29, an exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching. If you’ve ever wanted to experience FLOWERPOT ISLAND with someone who knows this marvelous natural wonder inside out, Doug Pedwell is your man for this not-to-be-missed exclusive HFBC excursion.

Flowerpot Island is a magical place. Designated in 1930, it is considered to be one of Canada’s most remarkable islands. Its unique natural features include 2 large rock flowerpots, caves, cliffs, ferns and orchids.

You’ll be boarding a Jet Boat at the Blue Heron Dock and heading out to visit the island by first crossing 5 kms of crystal-clear waters from Tobermory. It’s an exciting ride and the tour boat gives you a great water-view of your destination.

On the island the tour will follow a loop trail to the flowerpots, the caves, the light station and a variety of habitats. During migration birds pile up on the island as they cross the narrows to Manitoulin Island, so there are good bird watching possibilities.

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Calypso’ Fairy Slipper. (Calypso bulbosa)

An added bonus are the Calypso Orchids, for which the island is famous. There is the possibility that they may be up given our late spring.

If the wind is too high and Georgian Bay to rough for the jet boat to operate safely, we will stay on the mainland for a Tip of the Bruce Tour will be an equally worthy substitute equally rich with birds, world-class scenery and fun nature to explore.

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Doug Pedwell is your guide to this remote Georgian Bay Habitat. Since retiring from teaching, Doug has been able to indulge his lifelong passions of nature study, photography and travel.  He can often be found wandering the back roads of Bruce and Grey counties in search of flora, fauna and landforms to photograph. A member of the Bruce Birding Club, the Saugeen Shores Camera Club and a past-president of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.

A25 6:00 AM – SUNDAY MAY 29 -A GUIDED TOUR OF FLOWERPOT ISLAND

(difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch – $45 extra per person)

A Tour that’s not to be missed.

SO BOOK NOW ON-LINE AT:

http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

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YES, THERE WERE LOTS OF BIRDS!

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Sandhill Cranes in grass marsh. Photo Barbara Paterson Collins

Sandhill Cranes in grass marsh. Photo Bonnie Paterson Collins

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Huron Fringe Birding Festival (HFBF), and to most of you, thanks for coming back year after year.

Below is some information that you may be interested in and some that you may already be aware of…its a compilation and summary of the birds seen at the Festival this year.

The number appearing after the bird species name designates the number of days the species was seen on our hikes.* Please understand that our hikes cover most of Bruce County and some of the areas where the species were seen were not covered everyday.

The HFBF just completed its sixteenth year. Next year’s events will be announced on February 1, 2014. Take note that you can register online. Remember to register early as some of our events fill quickly. Our boat trip to Flower Pot Island was completely booked by noon hour on the first registration day. Some of our bird hikes were full after 2 weeks.

We keep our hikes small. Twenty for birding events, twelve for wild flower hikes and for some of our events we allow only eight people. Our prices are very low if you take the weekend packages.  We have some very generous corporate sponsors that enable us to do that.

184 species were seen during the festival.

• Common Loon (COLO) – 3 (days seen)*

• Pied-billed Grebe (PBGR) – 6

• Horned Grebe (HOGR) – 1

• Double-crested Cormorant (DCCO) – 8

• American Bittern (AMBI) – 3

. Least Bittern (LEBI) – 4

• Great Blue Heron (GBHE) – 7

• Great Egret (GREG) – 6

• Green Heron (GRHE) -5

• American Coot (AMCO) – 5

• Virginia Rail (VIRA) – 4

• Sora (SORA) – 4

• Ruffed Grouse (RUGR) – 7

• Wild Turkey (WITU) – 7

• Sandhill Crane (SACR) – 5

• Black-crowned Night-Heron (BCNH) – 1

• Canada Goose – (CANG) – 8

• Wood Duck (WODU) – 6

• Mallard (MALL) – 8

• Gadwall (GADW) -1

• American Wigeon (AMWI) -1

• Northern Shoveler (NOSH) – 2

• Blue-winged Teal (BWTE) – 2

• Redhead (REDH) – 1

• Greater Scaup (GRSC) -1

• Lesser Scaup (LESC) – 1

• Ring-necked Duck (RNDU) – 2

• White-winged Scoter (WWSC) -1

• Common Goldeneye (COGO) -1

• Hooded Merganser (HOME) – 3

• Common Merganser (COME) – 5

• Red-breasted Merganser (RBME) – 6

• Ruddy Duck (RUDU) – 2

• Turkey Vulture (TUVU) – 8

• Northern Harrier (NOHA) -3

• Sharp-shinned Hawk (SSHA) – 1

• Cooper’s Hawk (COHA) – 1

• Red-shouldered Hawk (RSHA) -1

• Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA) – 4

• Red-tailed Hawk (RTHA) – 6

• Bald Eagle (BAEA) – 5

• Osprey (OSPR – 4

• Merlin (MERL) – 7

• American Kestrel (AMKE) – 2

• Great Horned Owl (GHOW) – 2

• Eastern Screech Owl (ESOW) -1

• Common Nighthawk (CONI) – 5

• Mourning Dove (MODO) – 8

• Rock Pigeon (ROPI) – 4

• Black-billed Cuckoo (BBCU) – 6

• Black-bellied Plover (BBPL) – 2

• Semipalmated Plover (SEPL) – 2

• Killdeer (KILL) – 7

• Spotted Sandpiper (SPSA) – 6

• Upland Sandpiper (UPSA) – 3

. Ruddy Turnstone (RUTU) – 4

• Dunlin (DUNL) – 3

• Semipalmated Sandpiper (SESA) – 2

• Least Sandpiper (LESA) – 1

. Long-billed Dowitcher -(LBDO) -1

• American Woodcock (AMWO) – 5

• Wison’s Snipe (WISN) – 5

. Wilson’s Phalarope (WIPH) -1

• Bonaparte’s Gull (BOGU) -1

• Ring-billed Gull (RBGU) – 8

• Herring Gull (HEGU) – 8

• Caspian Tern (CATE) -3

• Common Tern (COTE) – 5

• Black Tern (BLTE) – 3

• Belted Kingfisher (BEKI) – 5

• Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) -1

• Red-bellied Woodpecker (RBWO) – 3

• Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (YBSA) – 5

• Downy Woodpecker (DOWO) – 7

• Hairy Woodpecker (HAWO)  – 5

• Northern Flicker (NOFL) -8

• Pileated Woodpecker (PIWO) – 5

• Blue Jay (BLJA) – 8

• Common Raven (CORA) – 8

• American Crow (AMCR) – 8

• Chimney Swift (CHSW) – 3

• Ruby-throated Hummingbird (RTHU) – 8

• Purple Martin (PUMA) – 1

• N Rough-winged Swallow (NRWS) – 4

• Bank Swallow (BANS) – 4

• Tree Swallow (TRES) – 8

• Cliff Swallow ( CLSW) – 7

• Barn Swallow (BARS) – 8

• Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL) – 3

• Eastern Wood-Pewee (EAWP) – 6

• Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (YBFL) – 1

• Willow Flycatcher (WIFL) – 3

• Alder Flycatcher ALFL) – 4

• Least Flycatcher (LEFL) – 8

• Eastern Phoebe (EAPH) – 8

• Great Crested Flycatcher (GCFL) – 8

• Eastern Kingbird (EAKI) – 8

• Gray Catbird (GRCA) – 8

• Eastern Bluebird (EABL) – 8

• American Robin (AMRO) – 8

• Veery (VEER) – 7

• Wood Thrush (WOTH) – 7

•  Swainson’s Thrush (SWTH) – 1

• Gray-cheeked Thrush (GCTH) – 1

• Hermit Thrush (HETH) – 2

• Brown Thrasher (BRTH) – 8

• Cedar Waxwing (CEDW) – 6

• Black-capped Chickadee (BCCH) – 8

. Tufted Titmouse (TUTI) – 1

• Red-breasted Nuthatch (RBNU) – 7

• White-breasted Nuthatch (WBNU) – 2

• Brown Creeper (BRCR) – 3

• Carolina Wren (CARW) – 2

• House Wren (HOWR) – 8

• Winter Wren (WIWR) – 8

• Marsh Wren (MAWR) – 2

• Golden-crowned Kinglet (GCKI) – 1

• Ruby-crowned Kinglet (RCKI) – 1

• Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (BGGN) – 5

• Red-eyed Vireo (REVI) – 8

• Warbling Vireo (WAVI) – 8

•  Philadelphia Vireo (PHVI) – 2

• Yellow-throated Vireo (YTVI) – 2

• Blue-headed Vireo (BHVI) – 2

. Northern Parula (NOPA) -1

• Blue-winged Warbler (BWWA) – 7

• Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) – 8

• Nashville Warbler (NAWA) – 4

• Yellow Warbler (YWAR) – 8

• Chestnut-sided Warbler (CSWA) – 7

• Magnolia Warbler (MAWA) – 6

• Cape May Warbler (CMWA) – 1

• Black-throated Blue (BTBW) – 5

. Cerulean Warbler (CERW) – 2

• Blackburnian Warbler (BLBW) – 6

• Yellow-rumped Warbler (YRWA) – 7

• Black-throated Green (BTNW) – 8

• Pine Warbler (PIWA) – 4

• Palm Warbler (PAWA) – 5

• Bay-breasted Warbler (BBWA) – 3

• Blackpoll Warbler (BLPW) – 2

• Black-and-white Warbler (BAWW) – 8

• American Redstart (AMRE) – 8

• Ovenbird (OVEN) – 8

• Northern Waterthrush (NOWA) – 8

• Mourning Warbler (MOWA) – 7

• Common Yellowthroat (COYE) – 8

• Wilson’s Warbler (WIWA) – 3

• Canada Warbler (CAWA) – 4

• Hooded Warbler (HOWA) – 1

. Yellow-breasted Chat – 1

• Horned Lark (HOLA) – 5

• American Pipit (AMPI) – 1

• Eastern Towhee (EATO) – 6

• Field Sparrow (FISP) – 7

• Clay-coloured Sparrow (CCSP) – 2

• Chipping Sparrow (CHSP) – 8

• Savannah Sparrow (SAVS) – 8

• Vesper Sparrow (VESP) – 1

• White-throated Sparrow (WTSP) – 8

• White-crowned Sparrow WCSP) – 1

• Grasshopper Sparrow (GRSP) – 2

• Fox Sparrow (FOSP) – 1

• Song Sparrow (SOSP) – 8

• Lincoln’s Sparrow (LISP) – 1

• Swamp Sparrow (SWSP) – 8

• House Sparrow (HOSP) – 4

• Purple Finch (PUFI) – 4

• House Finch (HOFI) -1

• Red Crossbill – 1

• Pine Siskin (PISI) – 4

• American Goldfinch (AMGO) – 8

• Northern Cardinal (NOCA) – 8

• Rose-breasted Grosbeak (RBGR) – 8

• Indigo Bunting (INBU) – 8

• Scarlet Tanager (SCTA) – 8

• Baltimore Oriole (BAOR) – 8

• European Starling (EUST) – 8

• Eastern Meadowlark (EAME) – 8

• Bobolink (BOBO) – 8

• Brown-headed Cowbird (BHCO) – 8

• Red-winged Blackbird (RWBL) – 8

• Brewer’s Blackbird (BRBL) – 3

• Common Grackle (COGR) – 8

Number of species seen – 184

Bruce and Grey Counties are a natural paradise containing 48 species of orchids and 50 species of ferns accounting for two thirds of Ontario’s totals. There are at least 78 species of butterflies in our area. A local expert claims that there are 19 species of warblers nesting here and perhaps the most nesting birds in Southern Ontario.The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is based out of MacGregor Point Provincial Park near Port Elgin, Ontario.

(Compiled by Fred Javac)

Tree Swallow. Thanks to Heather & Mimi

Tree Swallow. Thanks to Heather & Mimi

 The 2014 Huron Fringe Birding Festival runs from

May 23 to May 26 and May 29 to June 1.

Registration begins February 1, 2014 at:

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

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