Lake Huron a hub of rare bird activity, says bird expert

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By Barb McKay

 

Birds that migrate south in the fall and return north in the spring follow a path along the Lake Huron shoreline, and that makes Kincardine a prime spot for bird watching, according to a member of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.

 

The group is gearing up to hold its annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival at the end of May and brought a special invitation to Kincardine council at its meeting last week to check out the event. Most of the workshops and excursions that are part of the festival are already booked up, Doug Pedwell said.

 

Now in its 17th year, the festival draws bird and nature enthusiasts and photographers from all over. This year, the event will run May 23 to 26 and May 29 to June 1. The festival’s workshops, on everything from bird species and wildflowers to photography and astronomy, are held at MacGregor Point Park, but excursions to locate and photograph birds and nature take place all along the Lake Huron shoreline, including Kincardine and Inverhuron.

 

The area is prime for bird watching, Pedwell said, because 340 species of birds have been recorded in the area during their migration. They follow the path because it is one of the last places that has a continuous tree cover. Tropical birds, including the Magnificent Frigatebird, have been spotted in Kincardine. There are so many Warblers in the wooded area beside the Kincardine lagoons that the area has been named Warbler Woods by birdwatchers.

 

Anyone who is interested in attending the Huron Fringe Birding Festival can visit www.friendsofmacgregor.org. Online registration is available.