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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 American White Pelican, Black-necked Stilt, Piping Plover, Sanderling, White-winged Dove, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher and Winter Wren in the current gallery.
There are new photos of Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, American Avocet, Sanderling, Barred Owl, White-crowned Sparrow and Black-necked Stilt in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
May 6 (Friday) Pelee Island (three days) with Martin Parker, Kathy Parker
May 7 (Saturday) Toronto Islands with Jay Peterson
May 8 (Sunday) Presqu'ile and Peter's Woods with Dave Brewer
May 8 (Sunday) Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa) with Colin Gaskell, Dave Moore
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: April 30, May 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10,12, 14 and 17
Time: 4:00 p.m.
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