8:00 a.m. Birds at this time of the year are not always as easily observed as they are in spring, so we will try to increase our chances of finding them by covering a bit more territory and range of habitats. We will begin by walking and birding in the MorganArboretum (marked 1 on the map below) for about 90 minutes to two hours, then drive a short distance east to the southern end of the Anse-à-l’Orme nature park where there are some trails by the river to explore (2). We will continue north-west by car to the bay at the northern end of the park, where we can check for late shorebirds, assorted waterfowl and raptors, especially Osprey (3). Following this, we will park at the Cap-St-Jacques nature park or, discretely, in the school across the road if you don’t have a park pass) but instead of entering the park we will cross the road and investigate the extensive fields to the south (4) where there is a mixture of woodland, neglected hedgerows and overgrown abandoned fields – this can be a paradise for raptor fans. The trails in this sector are mostly deer trails so come shod for some rough walking.
Nothing is guaranteed, but anything can be anticipated.
A spotting scope is recommended for sections of the walk.
Fees associated with this trip are $5.00 entry at the Arboretum for non-members, and either the Anse-à-l’Orme or Cap-St-Jacques parking fee of $8.00, for those without the annual pass. Free parking may be available at the school opposite Cap-St-J if we are discrete.