Birding at Webb View Marsh

WBFN Birders Contribute to Citizen Science

The Willow Beach Field Naturalists has some of the best birders in the province of Ontario. They regularly participate in official bird counts such as the Christmas Bird Count, of which there are three in the area. There is also a special summer count for Northumberland. Almost every WBFN outing has a record kept of birds seen or heard. Whether it is a regular outing or an official bird count, beginners are welcome and encouraged to join in to help and learn their birds.

Christmas Bird Counts

Port Hope-Cobourg CBC, December 17, 2022, Compiler: Roger Frost,,
Presqu’ile-Brighton CBC, December 18, 2022, Compiler: Doug McRae,, 613-475-5014.
Rice Lake Plains CBC, January 1, 2023, Compiler: Roger Frost,,

If you would like to take part in these daylong counts as a field observer, please contact the compilers who are listed above. They will assign you to a team. Feeder counters are always welcome. However, each count circle covers a defined geographic area, so contact the compiler to make sure that your feeder is within the circle.

Summer Bird Count

Northumberland Summer Bird Count, June 10 and 11, 2023. Contact Roger Frost at or 905-885-9615.

Birding at Garden Hill Pond

Reports from Past Bird Counts

Volunteers from the Willow Beach Field Naturalists have devoted countless hours to the collection and compilation of bird count data. These records are preserved in reports and serve as a valuable record of trends in bird populations over time. Please feel free to visit our archive of reports and to download the ones that you wish to read and review.

Bird Count Report Archive