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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 new photos of Canada Goose, Neotropic Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull, Little Egret, House Wren, Swainson's Warbler, Mute Swan, Common Grackle, Wilson's Plover, Tropical Kingbird, Black Tern, Orange-crowned Warbler, Great Egret and Bobolink in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
August 9 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes with Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 23 (Sunday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons with Dave Milsom
August 30 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore with John Black, Dan Salisbury
September 5 (Saturday) Toronto Islands with Jay Peterson
Gull Weekend Workshop
Please click here to register for the Saturday evening workshop that is part of the OFO Gull Weekend at Niagara Falls over the weekend of 28-29 November.
Please click here to register for the OFO Annual Convention in Point Pelee, 2-4 October.
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