Upcoming Field Trips

Trips will operate rain or shine. Remember to bring lunch, drinks, proper clothing, footwear, sunscreen and insect repellent. OFO encourages car pooling on all field trips. Participants are reminded that it is the responsibility of every participant on an OFO field trip to comply with the OFO Birding Code of Ethics, and to minimize the risk of injury or damages that may result from unsafe or inappropriate behaviour (especially when driving, or while roadside birding where passing traffic presents a hazard).

Young Birders

OFO Young Birders field trips and workshops are for birders age 9 -19. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and curiosity about birds. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend except where otherwise indicated.

Trips will operate rain or shine. Remember to bring lunch, drinks, proper clothing, footwear, sunscreen & insect repellent as appropriate. Carpooling is encouraged for driving trips.

If you have questions, contact Lynne Freeman at lynnef.to@gmail.com or 416-671-0325 (email is better).

Trips may be added or changed so please check the field trips on the OFO web site prior to the trip.

Next Scheduled Trips

April 29 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Spring Migration at Rondeau Provincial Park; A joint event with Nature London

Map for Young Birders. Spring Migration at Rondeau Provincial Park; A joint event with Nature London
  • Leader: Cathy McRae, Gail McNeil, Paul Nicholson
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Rondeau Park Visitor Centre. Explore Rondeau in search of spring migrants. Get to know the park and its hotspots.
  • Park entrance fee. Travel to different locations will be by car with carpooling encouraged. Bring a lunch and sturdy walking shoes. At this time of year the ground can be muddy and wet.

April 30 2017 (Sunday) Rondeau Provincial Park

Map for Rondeau Provincial Park
  • Leader: Donald Pye
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Park Visitor Centre. Park entrance fee. Spring migrants.

April 30 2017 (Sunday) Durham Lakeshore

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  • Leader: Geoff Carpentier
  • Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. Coming from the east - Exit Highway 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410).Turn right (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go about 2.5 km to Lynde Shores parking lot on south side. Coming from the west Exit 401 at Salem Road (Exit 404) and turn south and go through 2 traffic lights until you reach Bayly St and then turn left (east) until you come to Lynde Shores parking lot. Visits to Cranberry Marsh, Oshawa Second Marsh, and other local hotspots depending on conditions, bird activity and water levels. Note this is a pay and display parking lot so please pay the minimum charge as we'll only be here for a short while before we move on to explore other sites. Early spring migrants, dragonflies, butterflies. Bring lunch.

May 5 2017 (Friday) Introduction to Pelee Island Birding (3-day trip)

Map for Introduction to Pelee Island Birding (3-day trip)
  • Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker
  • Pelee Island is a stepping stone from the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie to southwestern Ontario. These two weekend outings to Pelee Island will focus on the spring migrants. Mornings will be spent at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. The balance of day will be spend visiting the other key birding locations on the island. A special trip will be made to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. The leaders for these outings are Martin and Kathy Parker, who have being leading tours to the island for over 3 decades. Accommodations have been arranged at the Wandering Pheasant and the cost per person is $190 based on double occupancy. The rooms in The Wandering Pheasant are either double or queen beds. This price includes three night accommodation, early morning coffee and snacks. Lunch and supper will be responsibility of the participants. Participants will have to make their own ferry registration, schedule available in March. On the May 12th to 15th weekend additional accommodation with single beds is available at the Wheel and Anchor for the same price. Preregistration with the Parker's (mparker19@cogeco.ca) in advance is required. Please specify which weekend you are registering for. Additional details will be provided to all the participants upon registration.

May 6 2017 (Saturday) Toronto Islands

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  • Leader: Gavin Platt
  • From Harbourfront in Toronto, catch the 7:15 a.m. Ferry to Ward's Island. You will need $7.50 in coins ($5.00 Seniors and students). Spring migrants. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay all day.

May 7 2017 (Sunday) Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa)

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  • Leader: Colin Gaskell, Martha Burchat
  • Meet 7:00 a.m. in Bells Corners at the Loblaws parking lot in the corner closest to the intersection of Moodie Drive and Robertson Road. Join the quest for forest, field and wetland species with stops at the northern edge of the Marlborough Forest, the Richmond Conservation Area and the Burnside Pit. Trip ends by 1:00 p.m.

May 7 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Visit the Innis Point Bird Observatory; Event with the Innis Point Bird Observatory

Map for Young Birders. Visit the Innis Point Bird Observatory; Event with the Innis Point Bird Observatory
  • Leader: Celia Bodnar, Innis Point Bird Observatory Staff
  • 7:00 am - 12:30 pm (arrive a few minutes early). From Ottawa: Take the 417 west to Eagleson Rd/ March Rd exit and head north on March Rd to Dunrobin Road. Turn right at the lights to Dunrobin Rd and then take the second right to turn onto Riddell Drive. Drive down Riddell about 5km to where it swings sharp left and becomes the 6thLine. There is a flashing amber light here and a driveway on the right leading to the locked DND gates. Pull in here and wait at the gate. Someone will meet us at the gate at 7:00 am so please arrive a few minutes before that to be sure not to be locked out. The Innis Point Bird Observatory was founded in 1982 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of birds and natural history. You will have the opportunity to learn about the important research and monitoring activities occurring there and to observe bird banding when migration is at a peak.
  • The site is on the Ottawa River and is wet and rocky in places. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Bring drinks and snacks.

May 12 2017 (Friday) Migrants on Pelee Island (3-day trip)

Map for Migrants on Pelee Island (3-day trip)
  • Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker
  • Pelee Island is a stepping stone from the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie to southwestern Ontario. These two weekend outings to Pelee Island will focus on the spring migrants. Mornings will be spent at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. The balance of day will be spend visiting the other key birding locations on the island. A special trip will be made to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. The leaders for these outings are Martin and Kathy Parker, who have being leading tours to the island for over 3 decades. Accommodations have been arranged at the Wandering Pheasant and the cost per person is $190 based on double occupancy. The rooms in The Wandering Pheasant are either double or queen beds. This price includes three night accommodation, early morning coffee and snacks. Lunch and supper will be responsibility of the participants. Participants will have to make their own ferry registration, schedule available in March. On the May 12th to 15th weekend additional accommodation with single beds is available at the Wheel and Anchor for the same price. Preregistration with the Parker's (mparker19@cogeco.ca) in advance is required. Please specify which weekend you are registering for. Additional details will be provided to all the participants upon registration.

May 14 2017 (Sunday) Murphys Point Provincial Park, Lanark

Map for Murphys Point Provincial Park, Lanark
  • Leader: Mark Read
  • Meet 7:00am at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot on CR21 (approximately 2.5km SW of main park entrance). We will spend half a day scouting various locations within the park for a variety of breeding and migrant species such as Golden-winged and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos and more. Please note there will be a regular Ontario Parks vehicle fee of $14:50 ($11:50 seniors). Permits will be available at the parking lot. Finish at noon.

May 20 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Explore Skunk’'s Misery; A joint event with the Thames Talbot Land Trust

Map for Young Birders. Explore Skunk’'s Misery; A joint event with the Thames Talbot Land Trust
  • Leader: Rebecca Launchbury (TTLT), Isabel Apkarian
  • Meet at 8:00 am at Newport Forest, 22130 Fleming Line, West Elgin. Enjoy the height of the spring songbird migration and learn about the Thames Talbot Land Trust restoration and conservation projects.
  • Dress for the weather and bring sun screen and bug spray. Bring drinks, lunch and snacks.

May 21 2017 (Sunday) Ottawa [until Noon]

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  • Leader: Bernie Ladouceur
  • Meet 6:30 a.m. near the north-east corner of the Lincoln Field's Shopping Centre parking lot, off of Richmond Road. We will explore the Lac Deschenes I.B.A. For breeding species, late migrants, and migrating gulls, terns, shorebirds and waterfowl.

May 22 2017 (Monday) Hawk Cliff Woods and Port Stanley area. A joint Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and OFO event.

Map for Hawk Cliff Woods and Port Stanley area. A joint Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and OFO event.
  • Leader: Ellen Smout
  • Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking area on Hawk Cliff Rd. Take hwy 24 (Dexter Line) east from Port Stanley then south on Hawk Cliff Rd, or follow Fairview Ave south from St. Thomas. We will explore the woods and area in the morning and Port Stanley Harbour and lagoons in the afternoon. There may be a parking fee in Port Stanley. We will stop in Port Stanley for lunch, bring your own or purchase in the village. Migrants and breeding species, hopefully Whimbrel in the harbour.

May 27 2017 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh

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  • Leader: Kevin Shackleton
  • Meet 6.45 a.m. at the Tim Hortons, 68 Yonge Street South in Elmvale. Plan for a full day with a hike around the Tiny Marsh Trails, a visit to Wasaga Beach for Piping Plover and the Collingwood Harbour for late migrating waterfowl and the Collingwood Airport area for grassland species.

May 27 2017 (Saturday) Leslie Street Spit, Toronto

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  • Leader: John Carley
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the base of the Spit (Tommy Thompson Park) parking lot near the intersection of Leslie Street & Unwin Ave.
  • Late migrants, breeding birds & butterflies.

May 28 2017 (Sunday) Carden Alvar

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  • Leader: Jean Iron
  • Meet 9:00 a.m. in Kirkfield at parking lot of Lady Mackenzie School on the right of Kirkfield Road 6, about 0.5 km north of Kawartha Road 48. Trip consists of some driving, as well as comfortable walking.
  • Loggerhead Shrike, Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows, and other grassland species.

May 28 2017 (Sunday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain and Amherst Island

Map for Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain and Amherst Island
  • Leader: Chris Heffernan
  • Meet 7:00 a.m. on Opinicon Rd just east of Perth Road Intersection. Morning - breeding birds along Opinicon Road: Golden-winged & Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-billed & Yellow-billed Cuckoos. On the way to Amherst Island, we stop at the Napanee Plain near Newburgh for grassland species like Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper. Afternoon - Amherst Island (ferry fee) for shorebirds, ducks, etc.

May 28 2017 (Sunday) Skunk's Misery, Blenheim and Ridgetown Lagoons

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  • Leader: Gavin Platt
  • Meet 7.30 a.m. at Newbury Hospital (Four Counties Health Services) pkg. lot just n.e. of Newbury on 5th Line/Concession Drive. Walking/driving tour. Some trails may be wet, muddy. Be prepared for mosquitoes! Cerulean, Hooded warblers, Acadian Flycatcher, BW Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker & more on territory in one of the largest remnants of Carolinian forest in Ontario. Butterflies too. Trip ends late morning.

May 28 2017 (Sunday) Project NestWatch Workshop: Toronto Islands. A joint BSC, OFO and ROM event.

Map for Project NestWatch Workshop: Toronto Islands. A joint BSC, OFO and ROM event.
  • Leader: Mark Peck
  • Meet at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at 7:00 a.m. You will need $7.50 in coins ($5.00 seniors and students). Program will run until noon. Maximum: 20 participants. Join us as we look for nests around the islands and discuss the value of breeding data for conservation initiatives. Bring binoculars and a notebook. Register on the OFO Web Site at www.ofo.ca.
  • THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL.

June 3 2017 (Saturday) Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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  • Leader: Dave Milsom (705-874-8531)
  • Late migrating shorebirds, warblers and others. Entry fee. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Beach 1 parking lot in the park.

June 3 2017 (Saturday) Lanark County

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  • Leader: Ken Allison
  • Birding from 7:30 a.m. to noon along the edge of the Canadian shield west of Ottawa. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the park beside the Five Span Bridge in Pakenham. This is about 30 minutes from Ottawa. This trip will involve a lot of walking on good trails in mostly wooded areas.
  • Possible Eastern Bluebirds, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Broad-winged Hawk plus many warbler species.

June 4 2017 (Sunday) Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon)

Map for Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon)
  • Leader: Jacques Bouvier, Christine Trudeau-Brunet
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Tim Hortons in Casselman. From Exit 66 of Highway 417 continue north towards Casselman for a very short distance. Tim Hortons is on the right as you head north. Explore Larose Forest for nesting songbirds and other woodland breeders. Trip ends at noon.

June 4 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Breeding Birds at Tommy Thompson Park; A joint event with the TOC

Map for Young Birders. Breeding Birds at Tommy Thompson Park; A joint event with the TOC
  • Leader: Lynne Freeman, Isabel Apkarian
  • 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. May go later if the birds are abundant. Meet at the entrance of Tommy Thompson Park, at the foot of Leslie St., south of the Lakeshore Ave. Explore the urban wilderness at Tommy Thompson Park and learn how to find and identify nests. Late-migrants and breeding residents.
  • Bring drinks and snacks. Wear good shoes, long socks and long pants to avoid the stinging red ants.

June 10 2017 (Saturday) Happy Valley, King Township

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  • Leader: John Schmelefske
  • Meet at entrance to conservation area at 7:30 a.m. From Highway 400, take King Road exit, go west until reaching 7th Concession. Turn right (north) to Sideroad 16. The 7th Concession veers right (east) at this point. Continue north on the 7th concession until the road dead ends. Turn around at the barricade and park facing south. Warblers, tanagers, thrushes, hawks including Red-shouldered, swallows, and eastern Bluebird. Hooded warblers are possible. P.M.: Palgrave Conservation area and Hike along Duffy's Lane. In these less mature coniferous forests and swamps we will search for different species including pine warbler, red-breasted nuthatch, blue-headed vireo, purple finch, willow flycatcher and golden crowned kinglet.

June 10 2017 (Saturday) Nest Searching in Pelham (until 1:00 p.m.)

Map for Nest Searching in Pelham (until 1:00 p.m.)
  • Leader: Brad Clements
  • Meet 9:00 a.m. at Smith's Christmas Tree Farm, 105 Orchard Hill Road, in Pelham, just north-east of St. Catherines. To use GPS, participants need to use 35 Orchard Hill Road. Trip limited to 25 participants. Please register at www.ofo.ca

June 17 2017 (Saturday) Bruce Peninsula (2-day trip)

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  • Leader: Alfred Raab, Cindy Cartwright
  • On Saturday meet 7:00 a.m. at Tim Hortons in Hepworth, about 12.5 km south of Wiarton on Hwy. 6 and on Sunday, meet 7:00 a.m. at Tobermory Airport parking lot, west of Hwy. 6 on Warner Bay Road. ***Arrange accommodations early!*** Bruce birds include Brewer's Blackbird, Common Raven, Virginia Rail, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, breeding warblers, possibly Dickcissel. Also, wildflowers & ferns.

June 17 2017 (Saturday) Nest Searching at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto (to 11:00 a.m.). A joint BSC, OFO and TOC event.

Map for Nest Searching at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto (to 11:00 a.m.). A joint BSC, OFO and TOC event.
  • Leader: Lynne Freeman, Emily Rondel
  • Meet 7:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Brick Works main parking lot. Explore nests and nestlings of common city birds and a few surprises.

August 6 2017 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes

Map for Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes
  • Leader: Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
  • Meet 7:30 a.m. at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street in Whitby. Exit Hwy. 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410). Turn left (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go 2.5 km to Lynde Shores on the south side. Visits to Cranberry Marsh, Oshawa Second Marsh, Corner Marsh & Frenchman's Bay. Early Fall migrant warblers, vireos, flycatchers, shorebirds, butterflies.

August 26 2017 (Saturday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons

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  • Leader: John Schmelefske
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at Patterson Sideroad and Hwy. 50 in the village of Palgrave.
  • Fall migrants - warblers, flycatchers, shorebirds. Possible plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers.

August 27 2017 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore

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  • Leader: Marcie Jacklin
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at entrance to Rock Point Provincial Park, near entry kiosk. Park entrance fee. Directions: From the west on Hwy. 3, go into Dunnville. Where Hwy. 3 curves left, continue straight on Main Street, staying along the river. On reaching the bridge that crosses the river, do not cross the bridge but continue straight onto County Road 3 eastbound. Go via Stromness, turning right onto Rymer Road., about 8 km from the bridge in Dunnville. Take first left onto Downy Road. At next intersection, go right. Park entrance is on your left. From the east on Hwy. 3, drive into Dunnville, turn left onto Inman Road. Go right onto onto Mumby Road. Follow this to County Road 3, then turn left. Follow directions from bridge in Dunnville above.
  • Shorebirds, waterbirds, early fall migrants.

September 2 2017 (Saturday) Toronto Islands

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  • Leader: Gavin Platt
  • From Harbourfront in Toronto, catch 7:15 a.m. Ferry to Ward's Island. You will need $7.50 in coins ($5.00 seniors and students). Early Fall migrants. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay all day (some food is also available to purchase on the island).

September 7 2017 (Thursday) Moosonee (5-day trip)

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  • Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker
  • This birding trip to Moosonee will permit one the opportunity to observe the birds that gather along the Ontario's saltwater coast to rest and feed. There is a possibility of flocks of Longspurs, numerous shorebirds, Rough-legged Hawks, and both Le Conte's and Nelson's Sparrows. There could be a surprise bird as well. This trip starts in Cochrane on Wednesday morning as the group boards the Ontario Northland train for Moosonee. You will be returning on the train to Cochrane on Sunday. Details for this special outing are currently being arranged and will include four night's accommodation in Moosonee, train travel from Cochrane to Moosonee, freighter canoe trip to the mouth of the Moose River, Shipsands Island and the shore of James Bay and water taxi to Moose Factory Island. Full details including costs will be available in January. Pre-registration in advance is required:mparker19@cogeco.ca

September 9 2017 (Saturday) Colonel Sam Smith Park and Western Lake Ontario

Map for Colonel Sam Smith Park and Western Lake Ontario
  • Leader: Garth Riley
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the southernmost parking lot where road ends. Take Kipling Avenue south from Q.E.W. and follow it south of Lakeshore Blvd. to the end. Fall migrants: warblers, sparrows, shorebirds, waterfowl. Other locations we may bird include Lakefront Promenade, Jack Darling Park, Rattray Marsh, Shell Park.

September 9 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Fall Migration at Ruthven Banding Station

Map for Young Birders. Fall Migration at Ruthven Banding Station
  • Leader: Caleb Scholtens, Peter Scholtens
  • Meet at 8:00 am at the Ruthven Banding Station, 243 Haldimand County Hwy 54, Cayuga. Learn about banding and fall migration.
  • Dress for the weather and bring lunch, drinks and snacks.

September 10 2017 (Sunday) Ottawa (all day to 5 pm)

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  • Leader: Jeff Skevington
  • Meet 7:30 a.m. along Cassels Road, outside the gate to the Britannia Filtration Plant. Experience the diversity of Ottawa's avifauna during the peak of Fall migration. Expect to see warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and others. Study the subtle differences between similar species as we explore the Ottawa River from different vantage points. We start at Britannia, and move slowly west, visiting some of Eastern Ontario's best migratory staging areas. Bring a lunch.

September 10 2017 (Sunday) Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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  • Leader: Ian Shanahan
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Lighthouse parking lot. Park entrance fee.
  • Fall migrants, shorebirds, hawks.

September 10 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Fall Migration at Tommy Thompson Park; A joint event with the TOC

Map for Young Birders. Fall Migration at Tommy Thompson Park; A joint event with the TOC
  • Leader: Isabel Apkarian, Caroline Biel
  • 7:30 am at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park, foot of Leslie St., south of Lakeshore Ave. Fall migration at Tommy Thompson Park. Songbirds, waterfowl, raptors. Chance of shorebirds.
  • Dress for the weather and bring lunch, drinks and snacks. Stinging red ants are still possible.

September 16 2017 (Saturday) Kettle Point and inland lagoons

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  • Leader: Alfred Raab, James Turland
  • Meet 8.00 a.m. in parking lot at junction of Highway 21 and Lakeshore Road (County Road 7) on the way into Kettle Point. Look for gulls, terns, shorebirds, jaegers, at Kettle Point. Then inland to nearby sewage lagoons: search for waterfowl, shorebirds. Bring lunch; rubber boots for wet areas.

September 16 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Explore Springwater Provincial Park; An event with the Brereton Field Naturalists

Map for Young Birders. Explore Springwater Provincial Park; An event with the Brereton Field Naturalists
  • Leader: Brian Gibbon (705-726-8969), Lynne Gibbon
  • 8:45 am - 1:00 pm. Meet at the entrance of Springwater Provincial Park. Explore nature trails looking for fall migrants and hangers on, fall flowers and ferns.
  • Entrance fee required. Dress for the season and bring drinks and snacks.

September 17 2017 (Sunday) Point Pelee National Park

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  • Leader: Brian Hobbs
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Visitor Centre in the Park. Birding around the Visitor Centre, at the Tip, and in the surrounding area including the onion fields. Fall migrants, raptors, seabirds, shorebirds, Monarch butterflies.

September 23 2017 (Saturday) Hamilton, Burlington and Vicinity

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  • Leader: Len Manning
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. in Hutch's Restaurant parking lot at Van Wagners Beach on Lake Ontario in Hamilton. From Niagara on QEW, exit at Centennial Parkway, go left onto North Service Road and follow to Van Wagners Beach Road to the restaurant. From Toronto on QEW, exit at Woodward Avenue, turn right at lights, then right at next lights, go under bridge, turn right onto Van Wagners Beach Road to the restaurant. Jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, fall migrants.

September 30 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Raptor Migration and Point Pelee in the Fall

Map for Young Birders. Raptor Migration and Point Pelee in the Fall
  • Leader: Jeremy Hatt
  • Meet at 8:00 am at the Holiday Beach Hawk Tower, Amherstburg (near Windsor). Observe migrating raptors and passerines.
  • Entrance fee at Holiday Beach. Bring drinks and lunch.

October 1 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Raptor Migration and Point Pelee in the Fall

Map for Young Birders. Raptor Migration and Point Pelee in the Fall
  • Leader: Jeremy Hatt, Sarah Rupert
  • Meet at 7:30 at the Point Pelee National Park Visitors Centre. Entrance fee is not required. Enjoy what many birders consider the best time for birding at Point Pelee National Park.
  • Bring drinks and lunch.

October 7 2017 (Saturday) North Shore Lake superior between Marathon and Thunder Bay (2-day trip)

Map for North Shore Lake superior between Marathon and Thunder Bay (2-day trip)
  • Leader: Nick Escott
  • Exact location(s) to be determined. Possible pre- and post- trips Oct 6 and Oct 9. If interested, please contact leader Nick Escott ngescott@shaw.ca well in advance so he knows how many people may be coming from southern Ontario. There may be a limit on how many birders we can accommodate, since overnight accommodations will be required. This trip is in memory of Alan Wormington, who loved the north shore of Superior, and organized the only OFO field trip that has ever been offered in Thunder Bay District, In October 1988.

October 8 2017 (Sunday) Westmeath Provincial Park and Lac Dore

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  • Leader: Mark Gawn
  • Situated on the Ottawa River near Pembroke, Westmeath Park is a noted migration stopover for Nelson's Sparrow and occasionally Le Conte's Sparrow. Lac Dore, a fish-filled lake, regularly attracts many small gulls, grebes, and loons along with the occasional rarity. Meet 8:00 a.m. in Cobden at the Civitan Park on the north side of highway 17.

October 14 2017 (Saturday) Barrie

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  • Leader: Jim Coey
  • Meet at the City of Barrie parking lot at Simcoe and Bayfield at 9 a.m. Lake Simcoe late migrants, gulls and staging waterfowl.

October 14 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Raptor Migration at Hawk Cliff; A joint event with the Thames Talbot Land Trust

Map for Young Birders. Raptor Migration at Hawk Cliff; A joint event with the Thames Talbot Land Trust
  • Leader: Rebecca Launchbury (TTLT)
  • Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area on Hawk Cliff Rd. Take hwy 24 (Dexter Line) east from Port Stanley then south on Hawk Cliff Rd, or follow Fairview Ave south from St. Thomas. Tour Hawk Cliff woods and learn about the restoration projects in this magnificent forest. Enjoy fall raptor migration.
  • Dress for the weather and bring lunch, drinks and snacks.

October 15 2017 (Sunday) Durham Waterfront

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  • Leader: Geoff Carpentier
  • Meet 8 am at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. Exit Highway 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410).Turn left (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go about 2.5 km to Lynde Shores on south side. Visits to Cranberry Marsh Hawk watch, Oshawa Second Marsh, Corner Marsh and Frenchman's Bay, depending on conditions and water levels.
  • Late fall migrants, raptors, shorebirds and ducks.

October 15 2017 (Sunday) Amherst Island Spring

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  • Leader: Mike Burrell
  • Meet at 7:50 am at carpool lot south of 401 at exit 593 (Camden East Road). We'll check Amherst Island (ferry fee) and some other Kingston area hotspots for late migrants including sparrows, waterfowl, gulls and other waterbirds. Trip ends mid-afternoon. Bring cash for the ferry, a lunch although we will pass a Tim Horton's on the way to Wolfe Island Ferry, and be prepared for some moderate walking.

October 21 2017 (Saturday) Ottawa River

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  • Leader: Tony Beck
  • Birding from 1 p.m. to dusk along the Ottawa River. Meet 1 p.m. at Andrew Haydon Park, east parking lot (Ottawa Beach). Possible ducks, geese, shorebirds, gulls. Near sunset, 1000's of birds fly into Lac Des Chenes to roost. Rarities possible such as Lesser Black-backed Gull, Snow Geese, Red Phalarope, Greater White-fronted Geese, Cackling Geese.

October 22 2017 (Sunday) Grand Bend, Pinery PP, Kettle Point

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  • Leader: Donald Pye
  • Meet at 8:30 a.m. at GB Sobey's parking lot on north side of Huron County Rd. 81, east of traffic lights at Hwy 21. From Hwy 402 take exit 81 Centre Road and proceed north on Middlesex County 81 via Parkhill, after jogging left at Middlesex County Rd.7. Continue on Middlesex, then Huron County Rd. 81 to Grand Bend (+/- 3 hrs. from Toronto).
  • Late fall/ early winter migrants, waterfowl, gulls, jaegers, eagles and resident titmice.

October 22 2017 (Sunday) Point Pelee National Park

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  • Leader: Ellen Smout
  • Entry free to Park. Meet at Park Visitor Centre at 8:30 a.m. Birding Point Pelee Tip, woods, marsh, nearby onion fields. Fall migrants.

October 29 2017 (Sunday) Hawk Cliff and Area, South-west of London

Map for Hawk Cliff and Area, South-west of London
  • Leader: Dave Brown
  • Meet 9:30 a.m. at Hawk Cliff. From Hwy. 401 Exit 177, take Hwy. 4 south through western St. Thomas until it becomes Sunset Drive. Continue about 8 km to Union. Go east on County Road 27, Sparta Line Road. Go east one road (about 3 km ) to County Road 22 (Fairview Road). Head south. The 2nd road south is County Road 24 (Dexter Line) and you will meet a stop sign. Looking south, you will see the sign for Hawk Cliff. Go south on the dirt road to the lake. Park along road allowance.
  • Raptors, waterfowl, gulls and late migrants, especially Golden Eagle.

November 5 2017 (Sunday) Cobourg Harbour, Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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  • Leader: Ian Shanahan
  • Meet Cobourg Harbour parking area at 8.30 am. Rare gulls, loons, grebes and shorebirds possible. Then drive to Presqu'ile Prov. Pk. for late migrants, including Purple Sandpipers.

November 25 2017 (Saturday) Young Birders. Hamilton Waterfowl

Map for Young Birders. Hamilton Waterfowl
  • Leader: Caleb Scholtens, Peter Scholtens
  • 8:30 am start. Hamilton and surrounding area. Meet at Plains Road beside Wedgewood Golf Centre near where the 403 and highway 6 meet. Hamilton is a waterfowl haven. Learn the finer points of waterfowl identification.
  • Dress warmly and bring drinks, lunch and snacks.

December 3 2017 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch

Map for Niagara River Gull Watch
  • Leader: Josh Vandermeulen, Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin
  • Meet 9:00 a.m. at Sir Adam Beck Generating Station overlook on Niagara River Parkway south of Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to USA. From QEW take Hwy 405 towards USA and exit at Stanley Avenue. YOU MUST EXIT HWY 405 AT STANLEY AVENUE. Turn left, crossing over Hwy 405, then immediately right onto Portage Road which parallels Hwy 405 for 3 km. At Brock Monument traffic circle take first right exit, Niagara Parkway, signed "The Falls". Follow for 1.8 km to Sir Adam Beck overlook on left

December 9 2017 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore

Map for Barrie Lakeshore
  • Leader: Jim Coey
  • Meet at the City of Barrie Marina boat launch at 9 a.m, opposite Victoria Street and Lakeshore Drive.
  • Gulls, waterfowl and winter finches.

December 10 2017 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore

Map for Toronto Lakeshore
  • Leader: John Schmelefske
  • Meet 9:00 a.m. at Humber Bay Park East parking lot. Off the QEW, coming from the west, take the exit to Park Lawn. Go south. Cross Lakeshore Road, then turn right to the parking area. Off the QEW, coming from the east, exit at Lakeshore Road. Turn right onto Lakeshore Road, then left at the lights into Humber Bay Park East.
  • Winter species: ducks, gulls, waterbirds, finches, raptors.

December 10 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Deep Winter Birding; A joint event with the TOC

Map for Young Birders. Deep Winter Birding; A joint event with the TOC
  • Leader: Isabel Apkarian, Caroline Biel
  • Meet at 8:00 am at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park, foot of Leslie St., south of Lakeshore Ave. Search for wintering songbirds and waterfowl. Owls are a possibility.
  • Dress warmly and bring warm clothes, drinks and snacks. The park is usually colder and windier than the rest of the city.