Welcome to the OFO website. If it's Ontario birds that you are interested in, then you've come to the right place. While you're here you can see Photo Galleries of recent sightings, find out about Upcoming Field Trips, view the official Ontario Checklist, read our Code of Ethics, Become a Member, and much more. Enjoy the experience.

Lynne Freeman, President, OFO

Gulls are birding's ultimate identification challenge and Ontario offers some of the best gull watching in North America. There are 21 gull species on the Ontario checklist, which is about 40% 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.

Recent Photos

There are new photos of King Eider, Cave Swallow, Eastern Screech-Owl and Red Phalarope in the current gallery.

There are new photos of Red Phalarope, Cave Swallow and Eastern Screech-Owl in the checklist gallery.

Code Of Ethics

As the number of birders and bird photographers increases we must make every effort to help promote respect toward wildlife, wildlife habitat, the environment, and other people. The welfare of birds must come first, before our own interests

  • Protect the habitat
  • Keep disturbance to a minimum
  • Protect breeding, rare and migrating birds
  • Respect the rights of birders, photographers and landowners

Read our recently updated Code oF Ethics

Winter Finch Forecast

The Winter Finch Forecast for 2015-2016, written by Ron Pittaway, is now available here.

Be sure the check out this valuable resource!

Gull Weekend Workshop

Registration full

The Saturday evening workshop, 4:30 pm - 6 pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library is part of the OFO Gull Weekend at Niagara Falls over the weekend of 28-29 November.

A special OFO rate of $55 / night (including breakfast) is available at the Hampton Inn Riverside, Niagara Falls. Call 905-358-5555 to book. Tell them you are with the OFO Birding group and request the special rates.This rate is available from Thursday, November 26 to Sunday, November 29th.

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