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Lesser Black-backed Gull photographed by Karl Lukens during Niagara 2009

New York State, USA - Ontario Province, CA

November 30 - December 3, 2010

Concept: A shared expenses, mid-week trip, to the Niagara Falls area for gulls, waterfowl and rarities.

Participants: Bert Filemyr, Karl Lukens, Vincent Nichnadowicz

Dates: Tuesday November 30 to Friday, December 3, 2010

Contact for more information:
Bert Filemyr ( )

Previous Trips:

Niagara 2009
Niagara 2008
Niagara 2007
Niagara 2006
Niagara 2005
Niagara 2003
Niagara 2002

Post Trip Reports

Species List
Pictures by Bert Filemyr
Bird Pictures by Bert Filemyr
Pictures by Karl Lukens
Trip Report by Bert Filemyr

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Reports from the Road:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Pre-trip Information

A plan develops! We have two full days in the Niagara area. We will spend one day birding the length of the Niagara River. The other day will be spend along the shoreline of Lake Ontario and inland locations. If rarities are in the area we will be working them into the schedule.

Major Event
Night in
Straight driving distance
Day 1
Drive to Niagara Falls
Leave Meadowbrook 6:00 am. Possible Birding Locations:
Route 81
NY Thruway
LaSalle Park (NY)
Bird Island Pier
Jeager Rocks
Niagara Parkway
Legends on the Niagara Colf Course
Chippewa Feeders
Control Gates
Dufferin Natural Area
Sir Adam Beck Overlook
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hampton Inn - North of the Falls
435 miles (6.5 hours)
Day 2

Birding along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.


Sir Adam Beck Overlook
Millen Street Access
Bronte Harbor
Bronte Creek Park
Patterson Tract
LaSalle Park (Ont.)
Hamilton Lift Bridge
Ginger's Feeder

Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hampton Inn - North of the Falls
Day 3

Bird the Niagara River (south to north), evening flyby


Sir Adam Beck Overlook
Shakespeare Road Area Feeders
Walker Road Area
Queenston Docks
Legends on the Niagara Golf Course
Chippewa Feeders
Dufferin Natural Area
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hampton Inn - North of the Falls

Day 4

Drive home, stopping for birding in NY State
Dufferin Natural Area
Sir Adam Beck Overlook
East River Drive - Grand Island
Batavia Wastewater Management Area
Montezuma NWR
Home sweet home
418 miles (6.5 hours).


Tuesday Morning - Karl will spend Monday evening at Bert's house. Vincent will be at Bert's by 6 am Tuesday morning.
Friday - We should be back in the Philadelphia area by late afternoon / early evening.

We will be taking the PA turnpike northbound. The first place for bathrooms/coffee is Allentown Service Plaza (Hickory Run is closed). We will be stopping for coffee and bathroom breaks as appropriate.
Wednesday - Friday breakfasts will be at our lodging.
This will be a trip of simple lunches (probably Tim Horton's).
Dinners will be at appropriate restaurants.

Karl and Bert in one room. Vincent in another.

There is Internet access at the Inn
All lodging expenses are shared equally

Documentation - IMPORTANT
Bring your passport. You need this to enter Canada and then to reenter the US.

Gas, Tolls, etc.
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.

Weather Contingency Plan
We are going.

Dress warm, be prepared for dampness, we all know the drill.

On Tuesday, when we arrive in the Niagara Falls area, we will be getting out of the van, getting our coats, gloves and hats on and starting birding immediately. It will not be possible to do a full change of clothes. Travel in clothes for birding.

This is an unusual birding trip because luggage should not be an issue. There will be plenty of room in the van on the way up and back. During the trip our luggage can stay in rooms - Yea!

This is a scope intensive trip. Bring yours.

Cocktail Hours
Bert and Karl will bring gin and snacks.

A checklist will be made up and distributed the first night. Karl will do the first and third day, Vincent the third day. On the fourth day we will do it jointly in the van.