Led by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Park Naturalist, David Bree, on Saturday, May 12, our group of Macnamarans began a fun and exciting birding weekend at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. For many, it was their first field trip to observe the spring migration. For others, it was a great way to begin the birding season.
On Sunday, we continued birding, with members of the club stepping in to lead the group. Many thanks to Roger Bird and Art Goldsmith for sharing your knowledge and your scopes. The group recorded about 90 species over the 2 days. Some highlights were: Long-tailed Ducks; a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks building a nest; returning Caspian Terns; Scarlet Tanager; Purple Martins, once common but now rare in Ontario; American and Least Bitterns; and many lovely wood warblers, including the Magnolia and the Black-throated Blue.
We all enjoyed the opportunity to get to know one another better over picnic lunches in the park and over some good dinners at the local restaurants. A few of us also took advantage of the wine tasting opportunities in Prince Edward County.
This is a trip we hope to repeat.