February 5-9, 2007
Our sixth, almost annual, adventure in Ontario for winter birds.
Post Trip Wrap-up
Trip Report by Connie Goldman
Trip Report by Jane Henderson
Photographs by Bert Filemyr
Photographs by Karl Lukens
Photographs by Jane Henderson
Photographs by Connie Goldman
Photographs by Ann Scott
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Participants, Responsibilites, Previous Trips, Planning, Details, Links
Bert Filemyr, Bill Murphy, Connie Goldman, Jane Henderson, Karl Lukens, Ann Scott
Checklist - Bert
Gin - Bert, Karl
General Planning - Bert
Snacks - Ann, Connie, Jane
Trip Report - Connie
Expense keeping and financial reconciliation - Ann
Radios - Karl
Birdseed - Bert, Connie
Website - Bert
Van/Driving - Bert
2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001
Planning (A good bit depends on birding conditions. We will fill in details as the trip gets closer.)
Day: Overview: Details: Night in: Straight driving distance: Day 1
Monday Feb 5
Leave early am
Bird Amherst Island
Leave Meadowbrook at 5:30 am. Quick stop for coffee, pick up Bill then Jane by 6 am. Pick up Ann by 6:45 am. Should be on Amherst Island by mid afternoon. We will stay until dusk. Kingston
Tuesday Feb 6
Drive from Kingston to Huntsville birding along the way. We will bird the Dupont hot ponds, the lake shore, the Napanee Dump, feeders along Route 62 and Algonquin Park. Huntsville
210 miles Day 3
Wednesday Feb 7
A full day of birding Algonquin Park. We will spend the day birding west to east and then back west in Algonquin Provinicial Park Huntsville
0 Day 4
Thursday Feb 8
Work our way south from Huntsville to Niagara. We will check feeders in the Huntsville/Bracebridge area then work down to Orillia. There we will enjoy the hospitailty of local birders. We may make a run to the Brantford Airport area for Gray Partridges. Hamilton Harbor will be checked for waterfowl. Niagara Falls
Friday Feb 9
Bird Niagara area, spots on the way home. We will check along the Niagara River for any reported rairites. On the way home we may stop at Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant and Montezuma NWR. Home, sweet home 415
Karl will spend Sunday night at Bert’s.
Connie will arrive at Bert’s by 5:30 am
Quick stop for coffee and then pick up Jane, Bill by 6:00 am.
We will stop at the Quakertown Turnpike exit about 6:35-6:45 for Ann
We should be back in the Philadelphia area by late afternoon
First morning - We will be taking the PA turnpike northbound. The first probable first place to stop is the 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.
This will be a trip of quick lunches (mostly Tim Horton's). Feel free to bring lunch for the first day, but we will be stopping beforewe take the ferry to Amherst Island.
Dinners will be at appropriate restaurants.
We have four rooms each night. Bert and Karl in a double. Ann and Connie in a double, Bill and Jane each in singles.
Locations are on the website.
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, we all know the drill.
Since there are six of us, room in the van will be at a premium. The van will have a roof top carrier (weatherproof) that we will fill to make life easier in the van.
This is not a scope intensive trip. Bert will have his. Connie and Karl will undoubtedly bring theirs. For Jane, Bill and Ann, it is your call.
A checklist has been made up and we will do the traditional evening compilation each night. Lead person for each night: Monday – Connie, Tuesday – Jane, Wednesday – Bill, Thursday - Karl
Feel free to bring cassettes or CD for the ride. Bert will have his iPod.
Huntsville Forester (local newspaper)
Amherst Island Ferry
Amherst Island Owl Woods
Muskoka Bird Board
Simcoe Bird Board
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Ontario Field Ornithologists
Weather / Road Conditions
Online temperature conversion
Muskoka Snowmobile Region
Canadian Curling Association
3 Guys and a Stove