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The top places to see spring warblers are the shoreline migrant traps along the Great Lakes such as Point Pelee, Rondeau, Long Point, Leslie Street Spit, Thickson's Woods, Presqu'ile and Prince Edward Point. Shorelines also offer easier viewing because the cold water of the Great Lakes chills the air, slowing leaf-out. Expect 20 or more warbler species on many days in May. The late Jim Baillie, ornithologist at the Royal Ontario Museum, said the best time of day for May warblers is between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. because one must wait until the sun warms emerging leaves and insects. See the Spring Warbler Migration Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are new photos of Common Raven, Cattle Egret, Kirtland's Warbler, Ring-billed Gull, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-throated Warbler, Hudsonian Godwit, Yellow-throated Vireo, Lincoln's Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Hairy Woodpecker, Cerulean Warbler and Wilson's Warbler in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
May 21 (Monday) Ottawa (until Noon) with Bernie Ladouceur
May 26 (Saturday) Leslie Street Spit, Toronto with John Carley
May 26 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh with Kevin Shackleton
May 26 (Saturday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain & Amherst Island with Chris Heffernan
OFO Shorebird Viewing at Hillman Marsh
Click here for information about joining OFO experts at the Shorebird Cell to watch shorebirds migrating to Arctic breeding grounds.
Dates: May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2018
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Presqu'ile trip date change
The field trip to Presqu'ile Provincial Park has changed date. It was June 2nd but is now Sunday, June 3rd.
Breeding Bird Survey: Toronto Islands.
Trip runs on May 27. Register on the OFO Web Site here.
Rainy River trip
This June 8 trip is now full.
There are recent trips reports for Murphys Point Provincial Park, Lanark, Toronto Islands, Rondeau Provincial Park, Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area, Durham Lakeshore, Peterborough Area, Nesting Ravens and Raptors in Ottawa (until 2:00 p.m.), Minesing Swamp and Algonquin Provincial Park on the current trip reports page.
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