2018 Huron Fringe Birding Festival

MacGregor Point Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Huron

Snowy Owl on the Huron Fringe Birding Festival trip to the JI Sideroad trip at the intersection of the JI Sideroad and Concession 8. A thrilling sight at any time, this is a very late date for Snowy Owls. Bruce County near Port Elgin on 3 June 2018.

VIDEO of this Snowy Owl surveying from its high perch


A second Snowy Owl was about 1 km away at the intersection of Highway 21 and Concession 8. Both Snowies were on tall hydro poles where they surveyed the open fields. Bruce County near Port Elgin on 3 June 2018.

VIDEO: Snowy Owl on top of hydro pole


Red-headed Woodpecker was excavating hydro poles on the JI Sideroad. In April 2018, this species was designated as "Endangered" in Ontario by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). We were happy to have excellent views of this declining species.


Sandhill Crane pair with young on Elsinore Road, a great road for birding. We spotted them on the Huron Fringe Birding Festival trip on 2 June 2018.

VIDEO of Sandhill Cranes with young


Video of Clay-colored Sparrow singing its buzzy song on the JI Sideroad on 2 June 2018


We saw Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler and this Brewster's Warbler, which is the common hybrid of Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler. 3June 2018.


Bobolink on the JI Sideroad. The hayfields on this road are fantastic for Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks. This is the highest density of Bobolinks I've seen in Ontario. JI Sideroad on 3 June 2018.


The JI Sideroad - a mecca for grassland birds.


Many thanks to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and to our group for a great spotting and birding camaraderie on the JI Sideroad. I especially thank Joy Albrecht for driving and helping with the trip. 3 June 2018