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WBFN Outings

Winter OutingWBFN 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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Birding Outing to Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

Leader: Doug McRae.

Directions:  Meet at Hwy. 401 and Cty. Rd. 45 commuter parking lot at 8:00 a.m. or at the Park Store parking lot at Presqu’ile at 9:00 a.m. Looking for Purple Sandpipers, Snowy Owls and waterfowl. Bring rubber boots, since we will be wading to Gull Island. Also bring lunch and dress for the weather. Entrance fee to the Park is $10.75, so bring exact change or your Ontario Parks permit. Outing will end at about 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Roger Frost at 905-885-9615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper. Photo© Sherwood McLernon.


Birding Outing to Wicklow Beach, Chub Point and Lucas Point.

October Outing

Seven intrepid birders met in pouring rain and cold easterly winds at Wicklow Beach on Sunday, October 6, not expecting much birding excitement on such an inclement day. However, the stormy weather had galvanized many loitering migrants that had been enjoying the late summer sunshine until then, and there were small birds almost everywhere. Trees and bushes around the Wicklow Beach marsh held both kinglets, Song and Swamp Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Common Yellowthroats. The lake was quieter (forgetting the cormorants), with only a few White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup, and Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, not yet in the huge numbers that will soon appear in offshore feeding frenzies.

Moving on to Chub Point we added a couple of Common Loons and small groups of Horned Grebes in drab winter plumage. Then we turned down Normar Road towards Lucas Point and the fun began. The weedy roadsides were full of dozens of actively feeding sparrows, mostly White-crowned but with White-throated, Song, Savannah, and Vesper. The woodlots held Hermit Thrushes, young Sapsuckers, flickers and Downy Woodpeckers, a couple of towhees, both kinglets, many robins, catbirds, a Blue-headed Vireo, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers. A pair of croaking ravens passing by was harassed by noisy crows and a single Greater Yellowlegs flew south high overhead, calling – our only shorebird of the day.

Eventually we dragged ourselves away from this horde and went on to Lucas Point Park. Walking the clifftop didn’t give us many new species although we thought that three tiny ducks flying behind a couple of White-winged Scoters were probably early Long-tailed Ducks. But the edge of the woodlot at the west end of the park was another hive of activity. Several energetic Yellow-rumped Warblers kept dashing out from the trees in acrobatic loops and spirals to catch tiny flying insects in midair, two or three Blue-throated Vireos gave good views, Brown Creepers crept up tree branches, a phoebe hunted from a wooden fence, a Chipping Sparrow joined White-throats in a small puddle on the trail and in the bushes we found several more warbler species including a tail-wagging Palm, a lovely Orange-crowned, a bright male American Redstart, a young Blackburnian, and a Northern Parula. The rain had finally stopped, we realized with surprise that it was already almost past lunchtime, so we brought our unexpectedly excellent trip to an end, well pleased with our final count of 49 species on such an unpromising morning.

...... Margaret Bain.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow, fall, Lucas Point. Photo© Bruce Parker



Fritillary and Monarch

Aphrodite Fritillary and Monarch. Photo© Rod Lee

The WBFN Butterfly Outing took place on July 21 on Loyalist Rd. in Port Hope's Ward 2. Nine people attended the outing. In all, 22 species of butterflies were seen and identified on the morning's outing:

Littly Glassywing, Dun Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper, Clouded Sulphur, Cabbage White, Wood Nymph, Northern Broken Dash, Delaware Skipper, Question Mark, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Gray Comma, Aphrodite Fritillary, Northern Crescent, Mourning Cloak, Baltimore Checkerspot, Red Admiral, Summer Azure, Monarch (1), Great Spangled Fritillary, White Admiral, Mustard White and Striped Hairstreak.

The highlight for most of us was the number of Baltimore Checkerspots.

......... Elizabeth Kellogg

Baltimore Checkerspots

Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspots. Photos© Rod Lee

Question mark

Question Mark. Photo© Rod Lee


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

Alderville Black Oak Savannah

WBFN Outing May

May Outing Alderville

May Outing Alderville

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

Peter's Woods Outing

Peter's Woods Outing

Peter's Woods Outing

Peter's Woods Outing

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 Algonquin Park Trip can be found at
WBFN Member Don Mcleod's Blog and Picassa Web Album.

Click here to visit Don's Blog.

Click here to visit Don's Picassa Web Album.

Willow Beach Banding Group At Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Bird Banding

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.