Field Trips

Beginner Birders "Drop-in" Field Trip - Bissett Lake, Cole Harbour, HRM

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 8.30am-10.30am
Leaders: Chris Pepper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Kate Steele This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (902) 476-2883

Join Chris and Kate for a field trip at Bissett Lake in Cole Harbour, just off Colby Drive. This lake hosts a good array of waterfowl in the fall. Drop-in anytime between 8.30 and 10.30, the spotting scope will be set up and we will give pointers on duck identification. Dress warmly! No rain date.

Beginner's Bird Walk - Point Pleasant Park, Halifax
Saturday, 25th November 2017

Join Andy de Champlain on a walk through Point Pleasant Park to find and identify the more cold-tolerant Halifax birds at the ocean’s edge and in the forest. Have a decent breakfast, then show up in the lower parking lot for 7:30am start time with warm clothes, a bottle of water, a granola bar, and a pair of binoculars. Hopefully we’ll catch a few big woodpeckers or even a little group of sandpipers! Terrain not too challenging; 2 to 2½ hours.

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Taylor's Head Birdwatching – WINTER BIRDS
Sunday, November 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Level of difficulty: Difficult

This will be a leisurely walk to the Headland Trail. At this time of year, we expect to see lots of Eiders, Grebes, Scoters, Dovekies, Guillemots, Mergansers, Harlequin Ducks, Long–tailed Ducks, and Purple Sandpipers.

Hiking on exposed coastline in late November can be challenging, so waterproof boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and a hot drink. This should be a good warm-up to the Christmas Bird Count. There is no rain date. All birders and nature lovers are welcome.

Leaders: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970 Warren Parsons 902-772-2207

Saturday December 2 2017 – Metro Hot Spot Birding, HRM

Leader: Mike King 434-6099 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at McCormack's Beach in Eastern Passage. We will check local sites for rarities and unusual birds. No Rain Date.

Sunday December 3 2017 – Beginners Birders Walk: Dartmouth

Leaders: Tony Millard Phone: 902-440-2725 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Angie Millard Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet at 9:00am at the lower parking lot of Birch Cove Park in Dartmouth (at the end of Oakdale Crescent off Crichton Avenue). We will walk through Birch Cove Park before walking over to Sullivan's Pond, looking for a variety of species. Trip should last 2-3 hours approx. We will travel approx 2 kms on gravel ground, that is hilly in parts. Call ahead if raining. No storm date for this trip. We look forward to meeting you there and checking out these hidden gems in the "City of Lakes"

Friday, December 15 - CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Friday, 15 December 2017 07:30

Friday, December 15. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Meet at the Spry Bay Community Hall (opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Level of difficulty – Difficult

The Nova Scotia Sheet Harbour (NSSH) Christmas Bird Count is one of about 25 around the province. The count area extends in a circle around Taylor Head Park and from Tangier to Sober Island. All the trails in the park are covered in this survey. Birders are organized into groups from two to four and given designated areas to count.

If you have a bird feeder, you’re also encouraged to send in your count.

Birders will meet after the count, to sum up the day’s count and have a delicious meal at the Spry Bay Community Hall.

These counts are sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Bird Studies of Canada, NS Bird Society and the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society.

*Please notify Jim or Warren if you plan to attend.

Contact:
Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
Warren Parsons 902-772-2207