Sunday, September 12, 2021 @ 8 am
Birding Outing to Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Leader: Roger Frost
During this morning outing, we will look for fall migrants,including warblers, sparrows, and bluebirds. Because of COVID-19 restrictions required by ABOS, this outing is limited to 10 participants.
Sunday, October 3, 2021 Postponed to Sunday, October 23, 2021 due to rain
Birding outing for the absolute beginner. Leader: Elizabeth Kellogg
We will discuss using binoculars and field guides and practise bird identification. Elizabeth will arrange a couple of other experienced birders to help with the outing. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot at the west end of the A.K. Sculthorpe Marsh in Port Hope. This will be a morning outing. Directions: From Peter St. in Port Hope, turn south on Hope St.S., then east on Lake St. to the parking lot.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Birding outing along the lakeshore east of Cobourg. Leaders: Margaret Bain and Richard Pope.
Meet at the west parking lot (off Hibernia St.) at Cobourg Harbour at 8 a.m. We will search for loons, grebe, waterfowl, gulls and raptors. This outing may take us as far as the Brighton waterfront. Dress for the weather and bring a lunch.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Birding Outing to Port Hope Waterfront and Lakeshore Road west of Port Hope. Leader: Roger Frost
Join Roger on this morning outing to look for waterfowl, gulls and raptors, as well as Snow Buntings and other winter birds. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot on the west side of the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh. Remember to dress warmly!
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Chase Rare Birds. Leader: Roger Frost
Join Roger on this late winter outing to chase the rarest bird(s) within two hours of Cobourg. Meet at the Cobourg Harbour at 8 a.m. – bring lunch and dress for the weather.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Brighton Waterfront. Leader: Roger Frost
We will search for waterfowl and other spring migrants. Meet at Cobourg Harbour at the parking lot off Hibernia Street at 8 a.m. – dress warmly and bring lunch, water and snacks.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Nature Walk to Ontario Parks/NCC Burnley-Carmel Nature Reserve. Leader: Roger Frost
We will search the property for early migrants and other signs of spring. Meet at the entrance to the reserve at 8:00 a.m. for this morning-only outing. Take County Rd. 45 north to County Rd. 29. Follow 29 east through the village of Burnley, where the road turns south. Follow 29 south to the stop sign, turn right (west) onto Pratt Road, and continue to the gate at the property entrance. This is a moderately difficult walk with lots of poison ivy, so wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Spring Birding Outing. Leader: Roger Frost
Meet at 8:00 a.m. for this outing. We are invited to the home of WBFN member, Marina Scassa. Her three-acre property at 104 Victor Rd., north of Centreton, produces a wide variety of birds. For anyone wishing to go further afield, Peter’s Woods is just 1 km away; Caradoc Road offers some good birding; Jewell Road, with its fields and marsh, can produce an additional variety of species; and McDonald Road can also be a good stretch for birding. Some refreshments will be provided.
Directions: From Cobourg, take Cty. Rd. 45 north to Cty. Rd. 22 (Centreton Rd.). Once at Centreton, turn north onto McDonald Rd. and drive north to Victor Rd. If you have mobility issues, come up the driveway and park at the house. For those who don’t mind the stroll, park safely along the side of Victor Rd, and walk up.
Sunday, June 26, 2022, 1:00 p.m.
Summer Wildflowers. Leader: Paulette Hebert
Look for and learn about summer wildflowers on this outing at the Wilkinson Tract at 424 Pogue Rd. in Colborne. This is a Northumberland Land Trust property. Directions: From Cobourg/Port Hope, travel east on Hwy. 401 to the Colborne exit, head north to Dundonald Rd. (Tubb’s Corner), turn east to Pogue Rd., then turn north (left) and on to the Wilkinson Tract.
Sunday, July 10, 9:30 a.m.
Butterfly Outing. Leader: Roger Frost
We will search various roadside habitats for a wide range of butterfly species. Meet at the corner of Loyalist and Anderson Roads (Port Hope Ward 2) for this morning outing. Directions: From Port Hope, take Cty. Rd. 2 to Welcome. At Welcome, continue north on Cty. Rd. 10 to the 4th Line. Turn left (west) on the 4th Line and continue to Anderson Rd. Turn right(north) on Anderson Rd. and continue to the end where it intersects with Loyalist Rd.
Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m.
Invasive Species. Leader: Elizabeth Kellogg
We will find out how to identify some non-native invasive species, discuss why they are a problem, and learn a little about what we can do to control them. Meet at the parking area at the west end of the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh. Directions: From Peter St. in Port Hope, turn south on Hope St. S. Turn east (left) onto Lake St. and continue to the parking lot.
Christmas Bird Counts
For those who like to plan ahead, the dates of this year’s Christmas Bird Counts are below. Because of COVID-19, they will have to be done a bit differently this year than in the past. Teams will have to decide among themselves whether they need to travel in separate cars. They will also have to take care to maintain physical distance while in the field. The last difference is that there can be no post-count gathering. Data will need to be submitted to the compilers electronically or by telephone.
If you wish to participate, contact the compiler. Feeder counters are welcome. However, since the count circles are in defined geographical areas, please check with the compiler whether your feeder is within the circle.
●Port Hope-Cobourg CBC, December 18, 2021, Compiler: Roger Frost, firstname.lastname@example.org,
●Presqu’ile-Brighton CBC, December 19, 2021, Compiler: Doug McRae,
●Rice Lake Plains CBC, January 1, 2022, Compiler: Roger Frost, email@example.com,
Northumberland Summer Bird Count
June 11 & 12, 2022, Northumberland Summer BirdCount
Contact Roger Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-885-9615