Warblers and Wildflowers on Wolf Grove Walk
May 13, 2017
Five brave souls met at 7 AM at the Allison property on Wolf Grove Road. There had been some rain during the night, but when we headed out the clouds were broken by small patches of blue sky. By about 9:30 it had started to rain so we went inside to warm up with a cup of tea while watching birds at the feeders.
There had been some bird migration overnight, but the number of spring migrants was still not up to normal levels. Most of the warblers were either very high up or singing in hemlock trees which made getting good views challenging. Seven species or warblers were eventually recorded, although we had good views of only Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green and Orange-crowned. The last species was probably the highlight of the trip, although we did have great looks at Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over carrying its breakfast in its talons and Spotted Sandpiper, Red-eyed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler and Northern Oriole were new for the year at our location. In the past 5 years, 102 species have been recorded at the Allison property and we found almost half of those during our walk this morning.
Early spring wildflowers were at their peak, but many were not fully open due to the damp weather. We did see many white and red trilliums, spring beauties and trout lilies and were able to compare Dutchman’s-breeches and Squirrel Corn with adjacent clumps.
Photos and a complete bird list for the outing are included below.
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Green Warbler
Looking for Warblers + Plus
Join us for an all-day Birding outing around the Westport area looking for Warblers and some others not often seen here.
Wednesday, May 25th
Schedule: 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.: Meet for parking and carpooling at Jim Atack’s home at 407 Shipman Drive in Almonte
Schedule for the day (times approximate)
9:20 am: Arrive at Wolfe Lake (looking for Rough-winged Swallows)
9:40 am: Arrive at start of Canoe Lake Road. In Fermoy (see details below)
10:15 am: Stop at Hahn Farm (Looking for Waterthrushes and Cerulean Warblers)
11:30 am: Stop at Desert Lake Cemetery (looking for Pine Warblers)
12:30 pm: Stop at the Cove Restaurant in Westport for Lunch
1:45 pm: On to Porter Road (see details below)
5:00 pm: Arrive back in Almonte
Registration: You must pre-register for this outing. Please register by noon on May 23rd so that reservations for lunch can be made. The trip is limited to 4 cars. To register, please phone Jim Atack at 613-461-0299 or email him at
Bring: binoculars, insect repellant, water, and snacks. There may or may not be stops where spotting scopes would be useful.
BIRDING SYDENHAM TO FERMORY VIA CANOE LAKE ROAD (We will go Fermoy to Sydenham)
- quoted from page 256, A Nature Guide to Ontario:
Try this Birding route on an early morning in May or June. Eastern Bluebird, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cerulean Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Louisiana waterthrushes are all possible sightings. At the northern tip of Canoe Lake, listen for the ascending notes of the Prairie Warbler (and also the melodies of the Black-throated Green and Black-throated Blue Warblers). Pine Warblers can usually be found at the Desert Lake Cemetery.
PORTER ROAD: This road goes through a large area of wetlands. Among many other birds, I have seen Bitterns, Wood Ducks, Teal and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers when birding in May along this route.