Phyllis Caccioti spotted a Lewis’s Woodpecker at her feeder on Manitoulin
Island just over a week ago, and has had it visit consistently every day
since. I have arranged access through the OFO Rare Bird Ambassador program
and Phyllis has agreed to viewing on two days. This could be extended in
the future, but for now this is what we’ve agreed on.
***The dates are Tuesday, January 17th and Saturday, January 21st. On both
of these days viewing will be allowed from 10am until 4pm. ***
To avoid overwhelming the homeowner with large crowds and too many cars,
birders will be staggered in every half hour. To sign up for a time slot
you can private message me on Discord, or email email@example.com.
Phyllis and her husband didn’t want their address posted everywhere, so
I’ll share it with the folks who message me to sign up. It’s within a 5
minute drive of Billing, Manitoulin Island if you want to check how far of
a drive it is though.
Also if you don’t see the bird during your half hour it’s ok to linger a
bit longer, but if you do see it quickly please don’t linger for multiple
It’s important to be respectful of the homeowners property and the birds
safety, so to insure situations like these run smoothly in the future
please follow these rules:
There will be a roped off area near the side of the house approximately
30ft from the bird feeder. Please stay behind this line and don’t try to
approach the bird any closer.
Similarly, don’t trample around the forest on the property without
getting the homeowners permission. Stay on the driveway or beside the
Don’t visit the yard outside of the agreed viewing times or encourage
other birds to do so without the homeowners permission.
A donation box and a guest book will be placed near the roped off area and
Phyllis will be giving the money to the Manitoulin nature club. Donations
aren’t required to see the bird, but are encouraged as a thank you for
allowing us access here.