Island woodlands are alive with birds and their songs. While year-round avian residents such as barred owls and juncos are already sitting on their nests, many migrants have just now returned and are singing up a storm. All in all, it is a great time for a walk in the woods. On Saturday, May 13, the public is invited to breakfast at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell and then to take a closer look at Island birds along the trails.
The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for your morning cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked breakfast treats to start your day out right! Donations will be gladly accepted to help cover costs.
The bird walk, led by long-time birders Fiep De Bie and Dwaine Oakley, starts at 8am outside the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. Participants will be listening to calls and identifying common and uncommon species as they walk the grounds and trails. The migratory warblers and thrushes in the woods include some of our best singers and most colourful feathered friends. The walk is an excellent way to increase your knowledge of birds, whether you are just beginning or have been birding for a long time. There is no charge for the walk.