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Gulls are birding's ultimate identification challenge and Ontario offers some of the best gull watching in North America. There are 22 gull species on the Ontario checklist, which is about 44% of the world's species. The late Peter Grant, author of the first gull identification guide, said the Niagara River was his favourite place for gulls. Niagara holds the world's record of 14 gull species seen on 25 November 1995. OFO field trips often get 10 gull species when thousands of gulls feed along the river in November and December. Seeing Glaucous, Iceland and Thayer's Gulls from the Canadian Arctic with a possibility of finding extreme rarities such as a Ross's Gull or a vagrant Slaty-backed Gull from Siberia is exciting. See the Gull Watching Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are new photos of Red Phalarope, Wilson's Snipe, White-rumped Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, White-faced Ibis, Great Egret, Greater White-fronted Goose, Fish Crow, Pectoral Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Merlin, Eastern Kingbird and Sandhill Crane in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
November 17 (Sunday) Colonel Sam Smith Park, Etobicoke with Andrew Keaveney
December 1 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch with Josh Vandermeulen, Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin
December 7 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore with Jim Coey
Gull Celebration Weekend
This year's Gull Celebration Weekend is Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1. Please register now for the Peninsula Field Naturalists field trip, the Gull ID workshop with Amar Ayyash and the Gull Quiz. Register now!
Due to popular demand a second Gull ID Worshop with Amar Ayyash has been added and a few spots are available.
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