Northumberland is a prime birding area with rolling scenic countryside including the Greenbelt (encompasses the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rice Lake Plains, Peter's Woods, and the Ganaraska and the Northumberland Forests),  Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Ferris Provincial Park and 15 conservation areas.  Combine this with over 70 kilometers of Lake Ontario shoreline, cedar bogs and rocky and sandy fields and you have bird watching glory.

At The Shoreline

Two ducks in waterPresqu'ile Provincial Park is one of Ontario's best bird watching locations. Over 329 species have been recorded in the park which is best known for its large numbers and diversity of waterfowl, warblers, and shorebirds that migrate through each spring and fall which is celebrated with two public events. 

In The Marsh and Wetlands

With Rice Lake surrounded by fertile waters, forest, and marsh lands you are sure to spot many birds including various grassland birds, migratory song birds, eagles, herons, and osprey Barred Owl sitting on tree branchto name a few.  Rice Lake is one of the main migratory paths offering some rare bird sightings.  Visit the Rice Lake Conservation Area or use one of our public docks in Harwood, Bewdley and Gore's Landing for viewing.

The Brighton Wetlands are another hot spot to watch birds in their habitat.  From mid April to the late October, close to 100 species of birds call the wetlands home. Tours are available by contacting Keith Lee at 613-849-8920.

Guided Excursions

Overall, you'll find bird counts happening in January, June and December when the public are most welcome to join in. Roger Frost at 905-885-9615 can help narrow some dates down for you.

Person on marsh boardwalk at Presqu'ileBird-related events like guided hikes take place through two land trusts in Northumberland: Lone Pine Marsh, the Northumberland Land Trust, and the Black Oak Savanna in Alderville.  The Nature Conservancy of Canada has several properties in Northumberland with the most recent acquisition being the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.  The Willow Beach Field Naturalists hold a couple of fall outings focussing on birds.


Contact us for a copy of our Outdoor Adventures Map on which we've mentioned prime bird watching areas.