Birding Hot Spots
The following locations are prime spots for bird watching enthusiasts.
This point thrusts 40 kilometres (19 miles) into the northern edge of Lake Erie. Visit in the spring for spectacular warbler migrations and great hawk flights. The Long Point Bird Observatory is a good place to pick up an annotated checklist.
This tip of Ontario extends into Lake Erie, forming a welcome site for migrating birds in May and a natural funnel in the fall. Warblers in the spring are everywhere. Watch the flight of Monarch butterflies and huge flocks of Blue Jays in the fall. Point Pelee is considered by most as one of the top ten birding spots in North America.
Bonaventure Island, Forillon National Park
Go in summertime to see breeding seabirds on the steep rocky cliffs. Watch for Northern Gannets, Common Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills and even Atlantic Puffins.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Estuaries (fresh water meets salt water), bogs, forests and salt marshes provide a variety of habitat for over 230 species of birds – and a few moose. The best time to visit is between May and September.
French Mountain, Bird Island and Ingonish are three of the best birding spots on the cape. Spring through early winter can be a good time to visit. Watch for Bicknell’s Thrush and Atlantic Puffin.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island National Park
Shorebirds and waterfowl can be found at Rustico Bay. Check Long Pond for Greater Scaup.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne National Park
A rugged park along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, it has both coastal lowlands and alpine plateau in the Long Range Mountains. Visit St. Paul’s Inlet at low tide from late July through September. Three-toed Woodpeckers may be seen during the six hour hike up Gros Morne Mountain.
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