Jean Hampson and her husband Bob Highcock are conducting our fifth annual Victoria Day bird watching tour at two locations, in the north end of St. Catharines. It will be easy walking along gravel paths and trails. We will be looking for colourful spring warblers and other songbird migrants, before the little birds fly north across the lake. Flying from their southern overwintering countries, they are heading to their northern nesting grounds until they make their way back, youngsters bolstering their numbers, in the autumn.
Bob said, "There is a woodland and ponds to look for birds as we walk towards Lake Ontario. A good mixture of habitats to find a variety of birds.” Swans, geese and colourfully dressed courting ducks can also be seen along the lake. Loons and grebes can also be found here in the spring. “This area is one of Niagara’s premier areas for migrant passerines.” Niagara Birds by John E. Black and Kayo J. Roy.
For beginners and experts alike. If you’d like to pack a picnic lunch we’ll head over to another perfect birding spot to have a little picnic, but we’ll have to keep our binoculars handy because this is also a great birding spot!”
This tour requires gentle walking in a very accessible woodland.
If you book this tour, you'll receive a 10% discount for a stay on this weekend, at Niagara Nature Tours Bed and Breakfast, Bonnybank, in the middle of The Owl Foundation in Vineland.
Please call Carla to register soon because space is limited for such a fieldtrip. Call 905-562-3746 or email her by clicking here to reserve your spot!
Bob Highcock is a keen birder that has assisted with many bird counts in the Niagara Region. He is the President of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club and author of the birding blog, Tales of the Nishiki. When he's not working in the science education industry, Bob can usually be found in the field with his wife Jean Hampson, searching for their next Niagara lifer bird or finding an interesting trail for a club outing.
Jean Hampson graduated from Brock University with a science degree specializing in biology. In her career at the humane society, Jean was the go to person for bird identification. She is currently a member of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club board of directors. Jean enjoys birding in Niagara and beyond with her husband Bob Highcock and spotting lifers for their ever growing lists.