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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 Wild Turkey, Louisiana Waterthrush, White-rumped Sandpiper, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Cattle Egret, Swainson's Warbler, American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Kirtland's Warbler, Snowy Egret and Prothonotary Warbler in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
May 24 (Sunday) Ottawa [until Noon] with Bernie Ladouceur
May 24 (Sunday) Muskoka with Robin Tapley
May 30 (Saturday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain and Amherst Island with Kurt Hennige, Gary Ure
May 31 (Sunday) Carden Alvar with Jean Iron
OFO Celebrity Birdathon – May 23-24
The OFO Celebrity Birders this year is a team of eight young birders, ages 11 to 18 who will be accompanied by OFO President Lynne Freeman , Bill Gilmour and Ian Shanahan. The birdathon will take place at Presqu'ile and nearby hotspots over the May 23-24 weekend.
All money raised for OFO will be earmarked for the young birders program which provides opportunities for young birders to go birding, learn from experts and to meet each other. Look for us wearing our blue Birdathon t-shirts!
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Point Pelee Birds 2014
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