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The Carden Alvar, just east of Lake Simcoe, is Ontario's birding hotspot in late May and June for seeing multitudes of grassland and scrubland birds. Wylie Road, near the Kirkfield Lift Lock, is the best early summer birding road in Ontario. It is a reliable spot to find the endangered Loggerhead Shrike and elusive Sedge Wren. Other sought after birds include Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Clay-colored and Grasshopper Sparrow. The Carden Alvar is one of the last lost corners of the old rural Ontario landscape with Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks as abundant as they were 75 years ago before modern farming. Early evening is enchanting with Common Nighthawks booming overhead and Whip-poor-wills singing. See the Carden Alvar Birding Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are recent trips reports for Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa), Toronto Islands, Pelee Island (three days), Minesing Swamp, Spring Waterfowl Migration East of Ottawa, Durham Lakeshore, Prince Edward County (Trip ends early afternoon), Algonquin Provincial Park and Point Pelee National Park Spring on the current trip reports page.
Next Field Trips
May 28 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh with Kevin Shackleton
May 28 (Saturday) Leslie Street Spit, Toronto with John Carley
May 29 (Sunday) Carden Alvar with Jean Iron
May 29 (Sunday) Skunk's Misery with Gavin Platt
Long Point Area field trip cancelled
The June 4 field trip to Long Point this year has had to be cancelled.
There are new photos of Cape May Warbler, Willet, Indigo Bunting, Short-billed Dowitcher, Baltimore Oriole, Veery, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Piping Plover, Pine Warbler, Dunlin, Brewer's Blackbird, Wilson's Phalarope, Lawrence's Warbler, Northern Parula and Red-breasted Merganser in the checklist gallery.
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