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The shoreline is a recognized spring and fall migration route. Port Elgin is home to MacGregor Point which is either the northern or southern nesting limit for a number of northern and southern species.
Along the shore road to Port Elgin, 3 kilometres south of Southampton, the mudflats of Miramichi Bay are superb places to view shorebirds and waterfowl during migrating season. Park along the shoulder and take in a sunset along with your birdwatching.
Hint: A great blue heron is a regular visitor to these mudflats during the summer months, often during the supper hour. A flock of migrating birds silhouetted against the backdrop of a vivid sunset is a classic Canadian image and a familiar one along the Lake Huron Shoreline. Each spring, birds of various species migrate north along this natural highway. In the fall, the Canadian geese honk their way south in a familiar V-formation.
Pack your binoculars and a bag lunch to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature's feathered community. Spring, fall, summer and winter...the birding is grand! More than 200 species of birds have been sighted in the Port Elgin area, including the black-crowned night heron and the American egret which find the wetlands in the park to be ideal feeding grounds.
Each spring naturalists' celebrate the return of songbirds during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. This festival has been developed to coincide with the arrival and the setting up of territories by these migrating birds. The park is really a 4 season destination, with great outdoor activities for winter as well, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping in a YURT, and you can go skating on an outdoor 400 m loop that is lit at night.
For more information about the Huron Fridge Birding Festival click here