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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.

Algonquin Park

WBFN March Outing

WBFN Members at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. Photo© Don McLeod

Willow Beach Field Naturalists (WBFN) March day trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, was led by WBFN member Katsu Sakuma. A big thank you goes out to Katsu for organizing and leading the trip, and to Ian Shanahan of the Algonquin Visitor Centre for showing us their collection of specimens including mounted mammals, birds, butterflies and skulls.

....WBFN Member Don McLeod

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak (f). Photo© Don McLeod

American Marten

American Marten. Photo© Don McLeod

Golden Eagle

Algonquin Park Naturalist Ian Shanahan showing WBFN Members some of the specimens at the Visitor Centre. Photo© Don McLeod

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.

Gray Jay

Gray Jay - from Park records, this 2 year old male has ID code ROSLGOKR. Don Mcleod photographed this male near the intersection of Opeongo Lake Road and Cameron Lake Road. Photo© Don McLeod

Presqu'ile Waterfowl Festival March 16th and 17th 2013

Presqu'ile Waterfowl Festival

A mixture of ducks off the Calf Pasture at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Photo© Don McLeod

Waterfowl Festival

WBFN Members helped visitors to the Waterfowl Festival identify different species of waterfowl at viewing stations in the Park. Photo© Don McLeod


Port Hope and area Bird Feeder Tour

A number of interesting winter birds were seen at feeders on the WBFN feeder tour. To view more photos including a red-bellied woodpecker at Elizabeth Kellogg's feeder click on the link to WBFN member Don Mcleod's Blog below.

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow. Photo© Don McLeod

Nothern Mockingbird

Although trying to remain inconspicuous in this tangle a Northern Mockingbird was an interesting winter bird to find in Port Hope. Photo© Don McLeod

More photos of the Bird Feeder Tour can be found at WBFN Member Don Mcleod's Blog.

Click here to visit Don's Blog.


wbfn LogoAmherst Island Outing

On an overcast but not rainy Saturday, January 19, 10 intrepid Willow Beachers plus 3 TOC members from Toronto spent a rather productive day on Amherst Island which ended up with a tally of 40 species. The highlight was 6 Snowy Owls and a cooperative Barred Owl. 1 Short-eared Owl was seen but only by one person. The Owl Woods were quiet. The Rough-legged Hawks, both colour morphs, were also special, the more so since there are relatively few around in general this winter. Much of what we saw was seen well by all.

........Richard Pope


The chickadees welcomed WBFN members at the Amherst Island feeders. Photo© Katsu Sakuma


On a misty Saturday morning on October 27th, Russ Donaldson and Petra Hartwig visited the Pelton Property to focus on the 6 hectare field where 400 trees were planted in April. The objective for this property is to restore the agricultural land to a natural woodland for the enchancement of wildlife habitat, and, of course be a presence to ensure that the land is not being used for inapproporaite purposes - similar to Peter's Woods and other Nature Conservancy lands in the area. Many pine and spruce planted in April looked robust, but only about 40% - 50% survived the very dry spring and summer. The best plants were about 30 cm tall. The property was walked at the north boundary to the north east corner which is probably the highest elevation on the property with a good stand of deciduous trees, including a huge oak about 1.5 meters in diameter. A good variety of birds weathered the day - over 100 wild turkeys, 2 grouse, many robins, chickadees, juncos, cardinals, a variety of sparrows, a hermit thrush and a hairy woodpecker. Russ broadcast another bunch of mixed prairie seeds as they walked the field - to add to the already ground cover of vegetation such as goldenrod, aster, mullen and other grasses.

Pelton Property

Photo© Petra Hartwig