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Looking for Warblers + Plus

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.