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Georgian Bay AreaTop

Algonquin Provincial Park


We will search for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee.


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Algonquin Park’s “East Side” by Ron Tozer. OFO News 12:3, October 1994.

Finding the Phantom Spruce Grouse by Ron Tozer and Ron Pittaway. From Ontario Birds 8:2, August 1990.

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Bruce Peninsula



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Birding in Grey‐Bruce by Dave Fidler. OFO News 15:2, June 1997.

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Carden Alvar


Loggerhead Shrike, Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows, and other grassland species.


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Eldon 5 in Victoria County by Eleanor Beagan and Jean Iron. OFO News 14:2, June 1996.

See Reports and Articles entry for the Carden Alvar Birding Guide which is an update to the OFO Birding Guide #3 from Ontario Birds 9:3, December 1991.

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Manitoulin Island


Sharp-tailed Grouse lek.


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The Manitoulin Island Narrows by Ron Tasker and Doreen Bailey. OFO News 16:1, February 1998.

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Minesing Swamp


Marsh birds, early spring migrants, shorebirds, waterfowl.


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Minesing Swamp by Dave Milsom. OFO News 21:1, February 2003.

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Tiny marsh



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Luther Marsh



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Luther Marsh by David Brewer. OFO News 13:2, June 1995.

Hamilton AreaTop

Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek



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Birding in the Hamilton Area by John Olmstead and Ronald Scovell. From Ontario Birds 20:1, April 2002.

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James Bay AreaTop

James Bay



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A Birder's Guide to Southern James Bay, including Moosonee and Moose Factory by Stephen J. Scholten. OFO Birding Guide #6 from Ontario Birds 17:1, April 1999.

Kingston AreaTop

Amherst Island



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A Birding Site Guide to Amherst and Wolfe Islands by Paul Mackenzie and Ron D. Weir. From Ontario Birds 2:1, April 1984.

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Kingston and Opinicon Road



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Canoe Lake Road and Chaffey’s Lock/Opinicon Road Near Kingston by Bruce Di Labio and Paul Mackenzie. OFO News 18:1, February 2000.

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Napanee


Morning - breeding birds north of Napanee: Golden-winged and Prairie Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Afternoon - Amherst Island (ferry fee) for shorebirds, ducks, etc.


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London AreaTop

Hawk Cliff


Raptors, waterfowl, gulls and late migrants, especially Golden Eagle.


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Grand Bend


Late fall/ early winter migrants, waterfowl, gulls, jaegers, eagles and resident titmice.


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Long Point AreaTop

Fisherville Area


Hawks, owls, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, sparrows.


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Fisherville’s Short‐eared Owls by John Miles. OFO News 14:11, February 1996.

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Long Point


Waterfowl, swans, Sandhill Cranes, early spring migrants.


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Niagara River Gull Watch



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The Niagara River by Kayo J. Roy. OFO News 16:3, October 1998.

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Rock Point Provincial Park


Shorebirds, waterbirds, early fall migrants.


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Birding Haldimand’s Lake Erie Shoreline by John Miles. OFO News 14:3, October 1996.

Fall Birding in Elgin County along the Lake Erie Shoreline by Dave Martin. OFO News 19:3, October 2001.

Summer Birding from Rock Point to Fort Erie by Willie D’Anna. OFO News 21:2, June 2003.

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Ottawa AreaTop

Moses/Saunders Power Dam


Ottawa Area



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Fall Birding in Canada’s Capital by Christina Lewis and Bob Bracken. OFO News 24:2, June 2006.

Brittania Conservation Area and Ottawa River by Bob Bracken and Christina Lewis. OFO News 18:2, June 2000.

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Palgrave AreaTop

Palgrave, Schomberg, Tottenham


Fall migrants - warblers, flycatchers, shorebirds. Possible plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers.


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Palgrave by Dave Milsom. OFO News 12:2, June 1994.

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Peterborough AreaTop

Petroglyphs Provincial Park



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A Birding Site Guide to Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough County by A. Geoffrey Carpentier. From Ontario Birds 3:1, April 1985.

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park



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Birding Guide to Presqu’ile Provincial Park and Area by Don Shanahan. From OFO News 18:3, October 2000.

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Peter’s Woods



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Peter’s Woods in Northumberland County by Clive Goodwin. OFO News 15:1, February 1997.

Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area



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A Birding Site Guide to Prince Edward County by Terry Sprague. From Ontario Birds 5:1, April 1987.

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Quebec AreaTop

Bicknell's Thrush Locations



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Bicknell’s Thrush – Observation Sites in Quebec by Henri Ouellet. OFO News 15:1, February 1997.

Rainy RiverTop

Rainy River


American White Pelican, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Marbled Godwit, Sandhill Crane, Black-billed Magpie, Connecticut Warbler, Le Conte's Sparrow. Possible Great Gray Owl, Western Kingbird, Yellow Rail, Piping Plover.


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Birding in the Rainy River Area 2004 by David H. Elder. An update from Ontario Birds 22:3, April 2004.

A Birder's Guide to the Rainy River Area 1991 by Dave Elder. OFO Birding Guide #2 from Ontario Birds 9:1, April 1991.

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Toronto AreaTop

Reesor Pond



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Markham’s Reesor Pond by Stan Long. OFO News 25:2, June 2007.

Thickson’s Woods



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A Birding Site Guide to Thickson‘s Woods, Whitby by Margaret Bain. From Ontario Birds 1:1, April 1983.

Second Marsh



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A Birder’s Guide to Second Marsh Wildlife Area, McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, and Surroundings by Jim Richards. OFO Birding Guide #7 from Ontario Birds 17:3, December 1999.

Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes



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Toronto Waterfront and Islands



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The Toronto Islands by Norm Murr. OFO News 17:1, February 1999.

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High Park



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Toronto’s High Park by Bob Yukich. OFO News 13:3, October 1995.

Leslie Street Spit
Tommy Thompson Park


Late migrants, breeding birds and butterflies.


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The Bird Checklist, 3rd Edition, 2006, is available from the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, or may be downloaded from the Friends of the Spit website.

Leslie Street Spit – Toronto’s Pelee by Norm Murr. OFO News 15:3, October 1997.

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Windsor AreaTop

Ojibway Prairie



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Ojibway Prairie by Paul Pratt. OFO News 16:2, June 1998.

Point Pelee


Fall migrants, raptors, seabirds, shorebirds, Monarch butterflies.


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St. Clair National Wildlife Area



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Rondeau Provincial Park



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A Birder's Guide to the Rondeau Provincial Park Area by P. Allen Woodliffe. OFO Birding Guide #5 from Ontario Birds 13:3, December 1995.

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Holiday Beach



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Sarnia



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Sarnia Waterworks by Dennis Rupert. OFO News 13:1, February 1995.

Skunk‘s Misery


Cerulean, Hooded warblers, Acadian Flyc., BW Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker and more on territory in one of the largest remnants of Carolinian forest in Ontario. Butterflies too.


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