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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 Bruce Peninsula (2-day trip), Happy Valley, King Township, Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon), Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Lanark County, Carden Alvar, Skunk's Misery, Blenheim and Ridgetown Lagoons, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Hawk Cliff Woods and Port Stanley area. A joint Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and OFO event., Ottawa [until Noon], Murphys Point Provincial Park, Lanark, Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa), Toronto Islands, Rondeau Provincial Park and Durham Lakeshore 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
Algonquin Adventures Weekend
Two spots open for Young Birders aged 14-18
Two more spots are open for Algonquin Adventures Weekend from July 13 to 16.
Cost is $300 for the weekend.
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.
Check out the 2017 trips!
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