Welcome to the OFO website. If it's Ontario birds that you are interested in, then you've come to the right place. While you're here you can see Photo Galleries of recent sightings, find out about Upcoming Field Trips, view the official Ontario Checklist, read our Code of Ethics, Become a Member, and much more. Enjoy the experience.
Gulls are birding's ultimate identification challenge and Ontario offers some of the best gull watching in North America. There are 22 gull species on the Ontario checklist, which is about 44% 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.
Next Field Trips
December 3 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore with Chris Evans
December 4 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch with Jean Iron, Ron Tozer
December 11 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore with John Schmelefske
January 1 (Sunday) Peterborough Area with Dave Milsom, Matthew Tobey
OFO in the News
There was an interesting article on the CBC re the Pakenham Bullock's Oriole that mentions the Certificate of Appreciation we gave Ray Holland. There is a minor error referring to Mike Burrell as secretary of OFO instead of OBRC. You can read the article here.
Winter Finch Forecast
The Winter Finch Forecast for 2016-2017, written by Ron Pittaway, is now available here. Be sure to check out this valuable resource!
In Memoriam Alan Wormington
With the passing of Alan Wormington on Saturday, September 3, the birding community lost a superb ornithologist, researcher, mentor and teacher. An OFO fund will be created in Alan's name to ensure that his legacy lives on. If you wish to donate to this fund, please go to the Donations page and check the box for Donation Type 'Donation in Memory of Alan Wormington'.
OFO Gull Weekend
The OFO Gull Weekend is coming up at Niagara Falls in December. This is a very popular event so be sure to register early for the evening event and the daytime Gull Trip led by Jean Iron and Ron Tozer. Also registrations at the Ramada Niagara Falls by the River (formerly Hampton Inn) are beginning to fill up, which is another reason to register soon
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