September is generally a fine month for birding on PEI. Shorebirds are on the move and fortunately some of us were able to take advantage of a Shorebird ID Workshop and Field Trip hosted by Island Nature Trust and led by well-known Island birder Dwaine Oakley. The afternoon at the beach in Borden, the Bedeque Bay Important Bird Area, offered the opportunity to see a number of birds now in our area.
This has been great in preparation to participate in World Shorebirds’ Day. Our event on the Island is planned to take place, in that same area, on Sunday, September 7. Even though we are planning to count in this area, if one cannot join us, they can count shorebirds on the 6 or 7 anywhere.
Meanwhile, across the Island, all the other birds are on the move. Recently fledged birds are in the midst of migration, or preparing to go. Even those who do not move on are exploring the woods and finding food sources.
And as we get closer to months’ end, we will be getting our teams together for the Bennett Fall Birding Classic. The count is a fundraiser for the Island Nature Trust. Participants gather pledges and plan to cover the Island. Teams will get together in the early hours of September 27 and find as many species as possible over a twenty-four hour period. Funds raised go to Island Nature Trust’s land acquisition program.
All in all, it looks like it’s going to be a busy month for birders in September!