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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.


Winter Finch Report

This year's Winter Finch Report by Ron Pittaway is on-line now.


Next Field Trips

November 30 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch

Leader: Jean Iron, Ron Tozer

December 6 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore

Leader: Jim Coey

December 14 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore

Leader: John Schmefelske

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Gull ID Workshop Niagara Falls Saturday, 29 November, 2014

Gulls are fascinating and challenging and the Niagara River is one of the top places in the world to see them. This presentation will help you appreciate the 21 species of gulls in Ontario and at Niagara, with tips on identification, plumages, and where and when to see rarities. Please register to help us keep track of numbers. There is no charge for the Workshop. Please note that the location and time have been changed due to the number of registrants. The Workshop is now running from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue. For details see here on Jean Iron's website

News and Updates

Point Pelee Regional Report

Alan Wormington has supplied us with his 2013 report on the Point Pelee region. To access the report click on the icon

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