The Sutton area has a lot to offer for Birders. It is located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, just 10 minutes from the US border and has rivers, fields, forests and mountains. It is well known for skiing, cycling, hiking, the fall colours and the cute touristic village which attract visitors year-round. The best months for birding are May and June when the migratory birds return and are most active.
We are familiar with the area and can suggest appropriate locations based on your group. Our activity can be on nature trails, in a park, neighbourhood or your own backyard! We are also open to doing hikes anywhere in the Eastern Townships.
Take advantage of these incredible locations just minutes from the Sutton village or explore the surrounding area with great birding spots in Frelighsburg, Granby, Knowlton, Cowansville and the surrounding area. Call to help choose the best spot for you.
The Parc d’environnement nature de Sutton (PENS) is a vast network of hiking trails that are mostly on the Mountain. There are trails of various levels of difficulty, some with incredible vistas, mountain streams and pristine lakes. Common birds in spring and summer include the Black-throated blue warbler, Black-throated green warbler, Winter wren, White-throated sparrow, Ovenbird and Hermit thrush. Some rarer finds are the Bicknell’s thrush and Canada warbler. Because of the higher elevation the leaves come out later in spring than in the village giving you a better view of the birds for a couple of incredible weeks in May!
Plein air sutton has a network of hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking trails. It is lower in elevation than most of the PENS trails, less challenging with less inclines. Huttopia trails connect to the Sutton Plein Air trails and there are forested areas, campsites, a river, open areas and roads which attract a variety of species. The Huttopia lodge is also a great place to have a coffee while you update your bird logs. Birds that we often see here include the Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Eastern phoebe, Cedar waxwing, Song sparrow, Blackburnian warbler, Chestnut-sided warbler, Scarlet tanager, Ovenbird, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Black-capped chickadee, Red-breasted and White breasted nuthatches.