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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 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Dickcissel, Mourning Dove, Clay-colored Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Peregrine Falcon, Upland Sandpiper, Tree Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Prothonotary Warbler, Turkey Vulture, Yellow-headed Blackbird, White-throated Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, House Wren, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Eastern Screech-Owl, Summer Tanager and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
August 5 (Sunday) Durham Region & Lake Ontario Marshes with Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 25 (Saturday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons with Kevin Schacklton
August 26 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park & Eastern Lake Erie Shore with Marcie Jacklin
September 1 (Saturday) Toronto Islands with Gavin Platt
Moosonee Trip full
The Moosonee (5-day trip) on 2018-09-06 is full.
There are recent trips reports for Happy Valley, King Township, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Lanark County, Skunk's Misery, Blenheim & Ridgetown Lagoons, Carden Alvar, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain & Amherst Island, Ottawa (until Noon), 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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