Black-legged Kittiwake photographed at Horseshoe Falls by Karl Lukens during Niagara 2006
New York State, USA - Ontario Province, Canada
Concept: A shared expenses four day mid-week trip to the Niagara Falls area for gulls, waterfowl and rarities.
Dates: Monday December 10 to Thursday December 13
Participants: Bert Filemyr; Ann Scott, Connie Goldman, Karl Lukens
On this page: The Trip, Details, Previous Trips, Links
Contact Bert Filemyr for further information
Straight driving distance
Drive to Niagara Falls
Leave Meadowbrook 6:00 am. Drove directly to Stoney Creek (near Hamilton Ontario) to see the Northern Hawk-Owl. Ended the day at the "fly-by" at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
435 miles (6.5 hours)
Bird the Niagara River (south to north), evening flyby
Got started about 8 am and headed to the mouth of the Niagara River. Birded multiple stops along the river. Also birded away from the river occasionally (feeders and The Legends of Niagara Golf Course). Lunch at a Tim Horton's. Around the falls area early afternoon. During the afternoon we will work our way downstream but steady rain ended our day about 4 pm
Birding along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
An early morning stop at the Sir Adam Beck overlook. Then we headed north, past Niagara-on the-Lake and began hitting spots along the Lake Ontario lakeshore. Primary location was a crabapple orchard along Walker's Lane By mid-afternoon we were at LaSalle Park in Hamilton for study views of swans and other waterfowl. A couple of other stops around the Hamilton Harbor rounding out the day.
Drive home, stopping for birding in NY State
After an early check of the river we headed home. Back in Philadelphia around 7 pm..
Home sweet home
418 miles (6.5 hours).
Monday Morning - Karl will spend Sunday night at Bert’s. Connie will arrive at Bert’s by 6 am. Quick stop for coffee and then pick up Ann at he Lansdale PA turnpike exit about 6:30 am - 6:45 am.
Thursday - We should be back in the Philadelphia area by late afternoon / early evening. We will call from the road as we know our timing.
We will be taking the PA turnpike northbound. The first place for bathrooms/coffee after picking up Ann is Hickory Run Service Plaza. If you want to have a full "breakfast", plan on having it before you get in the van. We will be stopping for coffee and bathroom breaks as appropriate.
Breakfasts will be at our lodging
This will be a trip of simple lunches (probably Tim Horton's). Feel free to bring lunch for the first day, but we will be stopping.
Dinners will be at appropriate restaurants.
We have two rooms each night. We will be in the same location each night. Bert and Karl in a double room. Connie and Ann in a double room. People will pay for the rooms individually. It will not enter into shared expenses.
There is Internet access but it might be hard wired rather than wireless. Bring a cable if appropriate.
Bring your passport. You need this to enter Canada and then to reenter the US.
Since this is a “shared expenses trip” we will keep track of tolls, gas, parking, etc. After the trip we will figure out each person’s share.
We are going.
Dress warm, be prepared for dampness, we all know the drill.
On Monday, when we arrive in the Niagara Falls area, we will be getting out of the van and starting birding immediately. There will be time to change shoes, put on coats, etc. It will not be possible to do a full change of clothes. Travel in clothes for birding.
Since there is only four of us, the back seats will be out of the van. That will give us plenty of room for luggage and scopes
This is a scope intensive trip. Bring yours
Bert will bring Gin. Feel free to bring snacks.
A checklist has been distributed and we will do the traditional evening compilation each night. Lead person for each night: Monday – Karl, Tuesday – Connie, Wednesday – Ann, Thursday - group effort in the van on the way home.
Feel free to bring cassettes, iPod or CDs for the ride. Bert will have his iPod.
Niagara Area Birding Websites
Gulling on the Niagara River
Ontario Field Ornithologists
Birding on the dot Net - Recent Ontario Postings
Birding in New York - The Virtual Birder
Birding in Ontario - The Virtual Birder
Toronto/Niagara Bird Board
Central / Northern New York Birding Websites
Birding on the Dot Net - Recent Oneida Postings
Birding on the Dot Net - Recent Northern New York Postings
Birding on the Dot Net - Recent Cayuga Postings
Northern NY Birding - Yahoo Group
Gull Identification Websites
Gull Identification Website
Bob Lewis's Gull Site
Shades of Gray
Niagara Area Websites
Niagara Falls, Ontario- Official Site
Niagara Falls State Park, New York
Facts about Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario Tourism
Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Area Traffic
Niagara Area Road Map
New York State Thruway
Traveling to Canada (AAA Information)
Weather Information from The Weather Channel
Weather Information from The Weather Underground
Niagara (Ontario) Traffic Cams
Tim Horton's (The Wawa / Dunkin Donuts of the north)