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Next outing for the Rideau Lakes Birding Group:

The Rideau Lakes Birding Group explores a different area of Rideau Lakes every Thursday morning all year round.  We welcome new members. For more information about the outings, please contact Ethel Green at or

Kerstin Ring at .


For list of species observed on outings, contact




The Rideau Lakes Birding Group gets together once a week to enjoy a morning of bird watching. All levels are welcome -- from beginner to expert. It's a great way to see the birds of the region and to discover the forests, trails, wetlands and parks of the beautiful Rideau Lakes region.  The goals of the group are to learn about birds and have fun.


The Rideau Lakes Birding Group was formed in Fall 2013 by Marty Burke who sadly passed away in March 2015. Marty was inspired by the natural beauty of the Rideau Lakes area and he especially enjoyed birding watching and nature photography.  The group is associated with the Rideau Lakes Township. Currently there are about 20 members in the group.


How it works

Every Thursday, group members meet at a pre-determined location to start their morning of bird watching. In the late spring/summer, the meeting time is 7:30 a.m., the rest of the year it is 8:00 a.m.  The group stops for a refreshment break mid-morning at a local restaurant for about 30-40 minutes. After the break, the bird watching resumes until about 12-12:30 p.m.  If there is more than one car on the tour, walkie-talkies are used to communicate between the cars. The passengers in a car pay the driver $5 each for gas ($10 if a long distance is travelled).  Every Tuesday an e-mail is sent to all members reminding them where we will meet on Thursday.


If you are interested in joining the Rideau Lakes Birding Group for an outing, contact Ethel Green at




                  Ruby Throated Hummingbird (K Ring)                                   Bald Eagle                                   


Ontario Field Ornithologists Code of Ethics


The Rideau Lakes Birding Group supports the Code of Ethics of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


As the number of birders increases, we must all make every effort to act in a positive and responsible way. Bird watchers must convey a responsible image to non-birders who may be affected by our activities. We are ambassadors of birding and our actions today will reflect the respect we receive in the future.


Ethical Birding Principles


The welfare of the birds must come first

Always consider the impact of your activity on the bird. Respect bird protection laws. We are all responsible to ensure we abide by them at all times.


Habitat protection

Habitat is vital for the existence of birds and we must ensure that our activities cause minimum damage to the environment. Use trails to avoid trampling vegetation and keep disturbance to a minimum. Use common sense and extreme caution around nests. If birds become agitated while photographing them, leave the area. Avoid the use of flash photography on owls. Recordings and similar methods of attracting birds may cause stress for territorial birds. They should be used sparingly and avoided in heavily birded areas. Do not deliberately flush birds.


Rare breeding birds

You can record the discovery of a rare breeding bird, but you are not obligated to report your find to other birders. You may wish to inform the Ontario Nest Records Scheme at the Royal Ontario Museum. Avoid visiting known sites of rare breeding birds unless they can be viewed from a distance without disturbance.


Rare birds

Rare birds are the species most sought after by birders. If you discover a rarity, consider the circumstances carefully before releasing the information. You must take responsibility for the decision to release the find. You should consider whether an influx of birders will disturb the bird, people or other species in the area and whether habitat will be damaged.  If you decide to let others know of the location, inform the landowner, explain what may happen and get permission to tell other birders.  Get the landowner’s input about where birders may stand to get a good view and what time is OK for people to view the birds.  Give precise directions to the spot. If possible include a contact phone number. At all times make as little noise as possible.


Respect the rights of landowners and occupiers of land

Before entering an area, be aware of the rules about access such as by-laws of conservation authorities, national and provincial parks and regional authorities. Always act in a responsible way and if you are asked to leave, do so immediately. Do not block gateways or cause damage to fences and leave gates as you find them. Do not obstruct people who may be working in these areas.


Have proper consideration for other birders

Try not to disrupt other birders’ activities or scare the birds they are watching. Do not interfere with the outdoor activities of other people. Be polite to other birders and helpful to beginners. If you see people obviously disturbing birds or significantly damaging habitat, explain to them the effect of their actions in a courteous way as they may not be aware of the effect they are having.


Increase our knowledge about birds

Keep detailed notes of your sightings and if you wish submit them to a relevant authority (for example, area/regional bird record compiler, and local naturalist club).

Nest Box Setup with Unused Materials


Link submitted by some young members of The Bird Watching Club in Arizona.


Archived Reports:

October 12, 2017 - Narrows Locks

October 5, 2017 - Westport

September 28, 2017 - Portland

September 21, 2017 - Smiths Falls, Merrickville

September 14, 2017 - Maberly

September 7, 2017 - Athens

August 31, 2017 - Chaffeys Locks

August 17, 2017 - Perth Wildlife Reserve

July 20, 2017 - Smiths Falls

July 13, 2017 - Maberly

July 6, 2017 - Portland

June 22-17 - Purdon's

June 15-17 - Mac John Park

June 8-17 -Jones Falls

June 1-17 - Frontenac Park

May 18-17 - Smiths Falls

May 4-17 - Westport

April 27-17 - Portland

April 20-17 - Lyndhurst

April 13-17 - Delta

Mar 30-17 - Delta

Mar 23-17 - Westport

Mar 9-17 - Newboro

Mar 2-17 - Smiths Falls

Feb 23-17 - Chaffey's Lock

Feb 16-17 - Richmond

Feb 9-17 - Smiths Falls/Merrickville

Feb 2-17 - Chantry


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