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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.
Next Field Trips
November 25 (Saturday) Young Birders. Hamilton Waterfowl with Caleb Scholtens, Peter Scholtens
December 3 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch with Josh Vandermeulen, Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin
December 9 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore with Jim Coey
December 10 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore with John Schmelefske
Gull Weekend in Niagara
OFO Gull Weekend on the Niagara River 2-3 December, 2017 Workshop on Saturday and Field Trip on Sunday
Workshop Saturday 2 December, 4:30 – 6:00 PM LaMarsh Room, Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Free parking off Buckley Avenue (1 block east of Victoria Avenue via Morrison Street). Located five minutes from the Hampton Inn Riverside at the Whirlpool Bridge, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Gull ID Quiz with Mark Peck Turn up your gull identification skills with this informative, challenging and fun quiz. Everyone Welcome, Pre-registration Required: Please register on the OFO website www.ofo.ca so that we know how many will attend. No charge for this event.
OFO Gull Field Trip Sunday 3 December, 9:00 AM. Meet leaders Josh Vandermeulen, Marcie Jacklin and Jeremy Bensette at the Sir Adam Beck Lookout on the Niagara Parkway.
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 email@example.com to get on the Young Birders email list.
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