WBFN Winter Tree Identification Field Trip in The Northumberland Forest. Photo© Sherry Tomkins
Walks and field trips are held throughout the year. Local activities are a good way for members to enjoy our area’s natural heritage, share their experience and learn through observation.
Upcoming Outings 2013
Christmas Bird Counts
● Port Hope-Cobourg CBC, Saturday, December 14, 2013. Contact Roger Frost at 905-885-9615 or email@example.com if you would like to participate
● Brighton-Presqu’ile CBC, Sunday, December 15, 2013. Contact Maureen Riggs at 613-475-3604 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
● Rice Lake Plains CBC, Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Contact Roger Frost at 905-885-9615 or email@example.com if you would like to participate.
Barred Owl, Presqu'ile Christmas Bird Count. Photo© Bruce Parker
Some Upcoming Outings 2014
● Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Outing: Bird Chase Trip. Leader: Roger Frost. Meet at Hwy. 45 & 401 car pool parking lot at 8 a.m. We will chase the rarest bird(s) reported on Ontbirds within a 2 hour driving distance. Dress warmly and bring lunch.
● Saturday, February 22, 2014 – Mammal Tracks Outing to Pratt Rd. Leader: Don McLeod. Meet at Hwy. 45 & 401 car pool parking at 8:30 a.m. or at Pratt Rd. and Cty. Rd. 29 at 9 a.m. Park along Pratt Rd. Morning outing only.
● Northumberland Summer Bird Count, June 7 & 8, 2014
WBFN Outings Reports 2013
Amherst Island Outing
On an overcast but not rainy Saturday, January 19, 10 intrepid Willow Beachers plus 3 TOC members from Toronto spent a rather productive day on Amherst Island which ended up with a tally of 40 species. The highlight was 6 Snowy Owls and a cooperative Barred Owl. 1 Short-eared Owl was seen but only by one person. The Owl Woods were quiet. The Rough-legged Hawks, both colour morphs, were also special, the more so since there are relatively few around in general this winter. Much of what we saw was seen well by all.
The chickadees welcomed WBFN members at the Amherst Island feeders. Photo© Katsu Sakuma
Port Hope and area Bird Feeder Tour
A number of interesting winter birds were seen at feeders on the WBFN feeder tour. To view more photos including a red-bellied woodpecker at Elizabeth Kellogg's feeder click on the link to WBFN member Don Mcleod's Blog below.
American Tree Sparrow. Photo© Don McLeod
Although trying to remain inconspicuous in this tangle a Northern Mockingbird was an interesting winter bird to find in Port Hope. Photo© Don McLeod
More photos of the Bird Feeder Tour can be found at WBFN Member Don Mcleod's Blog.
WBFN Members at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. Photo© Don McLeod
Willow Beach Field Naturalists (WBFN) March day trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, was led by WBFN member Katsu Sakuma. A big thank you goes out to Katsu for organizing and leading the trip, and to Ian Shanahan of the Algonquin Visitor Centre for showing us their collection of specimens including mounted mammals, birds, butterflies and skulls.
....WBFN Member Don McLeod
Pine Grosbeak (f). Photo© Don McLeod
American Marten. Photo© Don McLeod
Algonquin Park Naturalist Ian Shanahan showing WBFN Members some of the specimens at the Visitor Centre. Photo© Don McLeod
More photos of the Algonquin Park Trip can be found at WBFN Member Don Mcleod's Blog and Picassa Web Album.
Gray Jay - from Park records, this 2 year old male has ID code ROSLGOKR. Don Mcleod photographed this male near the intersection of Opeongo Lake Road and Cameron Lake Road. Photo© Don McLeod
Presqu'ile Waterfowl Festival March 16th and 17th 2013
A mixture of ducks off the Calf Pasture at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Photo© Don McLeod
WBFN Members helped visitors to the Waterfowl Festival identify different species of waterfowl at viewing stations in the Park. Photo© Don McLeod
International Migratory Bird Day - Grassland Birds of Northumberland, sponsored by Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and Willow Beach Field Naturalists at the Alderville Black Oak Savannah
May 5 2013
All photos are ©copyright Don McLeod.
Thanks to WBFN Member Don McLeod for these photos of the May 5th outing to the Alderville Black Oak Savannah.
President’s Walk Through Peter's Woods Conservation Park
May 25 2013
All photos are ©copyright Don McLeod.
Thanks to WBFN Member Don McLeod for these photos of the May 25th outing to the Peter's Woods.
More photos of the May Outings can be found at WBFN Member Don Mcleod's Blog and Picassa Web Album.
Willow Beach Banding Group At Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Photo© Bruce Parker
On May 18th and 19th Willow Beach Members Elizabeth Kellogg and Roger Frost conducted their annual bird banding demonstration at Presqu'ile's Warblers and Whimbrels weekend.
WBFN Member Don Davis has posted a video of the banding process from the weekend.
Click on the picture below to view.
WBFN Outings Reports 2012
October 2012 Outing - Pelton Property Outing
On a misty Saturday morning on October 27th, Russ Donaldson and Petra Hartwig visited the Pelton Property to focus on the 6 hectare field where 400 trees were planted in April. The objective for this porperty is to restore the agricultural land to a natural woodland for the enchancement of wildlife habitat, and, of course be a presence to ensure that the land is not being used for inapproporaite purposes - similar to Peter's Woods and other Nature Conservancy lands in the area. Many pine and spruce planted in April looked robust, but only about 40% - 50% survived the very dry spring and summer. The best plants were about 30 cm tall. The property was walked at the north boundary to the north east corner which is probably the highest elevation on the property with a good stand of deciduous trees, including a huge oak about 1.5 meters in diameter. A good variety of birds weathered the day - over 100 wild turkeys, 2 grouse, many robins, chickadees, juncos, cardinals, a variety of sparrows, a hermit thrush and a hairy woodpecker. Russ broadcast another bunch of mixed prairie seeds as they walked the field - to add to the already ground cover of vegetation such as goldenrod, aster, mullen and other grasses.
Photo© Petra Hartwig
March 2012 Outing - Durham Shore Waterfowl Outing.
Great Blue Heron, Second Marsh, March 31, 2012. Photo© Brian Cook.
On March 31, 2012 on a day which began cool and cloudy and ended up sunny, a small but intrepid group of Willow Beach naturalists birded the Durham shoreline and managed a total of 47 species including 15 species of duck.
...... Richard Pope
Double-crested Cormorant. Photo© Sherwood McLernon.
WBFN Outings Reports 2011
November 2011 Outing - A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Hope
On Sunday morning, November 6, 23 people gathered for a leisurely walk along the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Hope. The weather was really beautiful, although the waves on the lake made viewing the ducks there rather challenging. Through a spotting scope, observers could pick out Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter and a single Surf Scoter. In the marsh itself were Mallards, American Black Ducks, and a female Northern Shoveler. Land birds were very scarce, consisting mostly of Black-capped Chickadees, but also including one Red-winged Blackbird, one American Goldfinch and one Brown Creeper. No one seemed to mind that we didn’t see many birds. It was just a lovely day to be outside.
....... Elizabeth Kellogg
Along the boardwalk at the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh.
Checking out waterfowl on the Port Hope Trail.
October 2011 Outing - The Nature Conservancy Property, Harwood
It was a cool, rainy, windy morning, but a hardy group of WBFN members and members of Hazel Bird's family joined Mark Stabb and Hugh Bennett of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a walk on the 290 acre property on Robson Road, led by Todd Farrell NCC Conservation Biologist.
The NCC is currently fundaising to secure this property in Hamilton Township, with an extended deadline of December 2011.
See the feature below for more details. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by cheque, credit card or transfer of shares.
Central Ontario Program Manager Nature Conservancy of Canada
18 Second Avenue Uxbridge, ON L9P 1J9
September 2011 Outing - The Alderville Black Oak Savanna
Under an overcast sky, WBFN members joined Janine McLeod, Natural Heritage Coordinator, for a 2 hour walk through the globally rare savanna habitat.
WBFN members toured the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Photo© Louise Schmidt.
Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Photo© Louise Schmidt.