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.

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 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 2 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch with Josh Vandermeulen, Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin

December 8 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore with Jim Coey

December 9 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore with John Schmelefske

Winter Finch Forecast 2018

Ron Pittaway's annual Winter Finch forecast is available here.

Gull Event Registration

The Gull event on Saturday, 1 December, is now fully subscribed and registrations are turned off.

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