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July and August are the time to see southbound shorebirds migrating from the Arctic. The shorelines of the Great Lakes and sewage lagoons are the best places to watch them. Adult shorebirds migrate south before the juveniles, which follow three or four weeks later. Overall numbers often peak about the third week of August when it is possible to see over 20 species in a day at key locations such as Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie and Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. See Southbound Shorebirds in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are new photos of Belted Kingfisher, American Goldfinch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk, Common Raven, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Ring-necked Duck, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-headed Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, Prothonotary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Ovenbird in the checklist gallery.
There are recent trips reports for Bruce Peninsula (2-day trip), Happy Valley, King Township, Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon), Lanark County, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Skunk's Misery, Blenheim and Ridgetown Lagoons, Carden Alvar, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto and Hawk Cliff Woods and Port Stanley area. A joint Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and OFO event. on the current trip reports page.
Next Field Trips
August 6 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes with Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 26 (Saturday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons with John Schmelefske
August 27 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore with Marcie Jacklin
September 2 (Saturday) Toronto Islands with Gavin Platt
Calling Young Birders!
OFO Young Birders for ages 9 - 19
OFO runs field trips and workshops across the province for young birders aged 9 -19. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and curiosity about birds. These trips are a great way to meet other young birders who share your interests as well as to learn more about birds and where to find them.
Please email Lynne Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the Young Birders email list.
Check out the 2017 trips!
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