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Breeding Songbirds of Hamilton

  • 04 Jun 2023
  • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Ancaster
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Sunday: June 4

Leader: Rob Porter

Meet 7:00 a.m. at the McMaster Forest roadside parking area at 1105 Lower Lions Club Road in Ancaster. Starting here, we will be touring a few different Hamilton area breeding songbird hotspots.

Who Should Come? Field trips are for OFO members; one guest is allowed, if required. New birders and photographers are welcome.

Type of Trip: Breeding birds, photography.

Location and Directions: At our meeting spot, the McMaster Forest parking area is free. Some other locations may have parking fees and we will encourage carpooling to reduce costs. Also, we may be able to arrange rides for anyone who arrives by transit at the meeting location.

Public Transportation: Only in Hamilton and Ancaster. There is service to a spot near our meeting location.

Duration: 7:00 — 3:00 p.m. Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

Terrain: Forest and other habitats; mostly flat, but good footwear required.

Gradient: Level.

Trail Surfaces: Mostly pavement and dirt trails. Some walking involved.

Accessibility: Wet conditions possible.

Washrooms: At Tim Hortons and other locations.

Land Acknowledgement: We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee Iroquois and Anishnaabe. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory.  We thank our Indigenous communities for their teachings and care for our mother earth. May we continue to honour those teachings.

What You Need to Know

OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others.

Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leaders know if you are new to birding when you arrive.

Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.

Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description.

Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leaders (if a cell number is provided) if you are running late or cannot attend.

What to Wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds.

What to Bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.

Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair.

Leaving Early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leaders.

Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leaders, so they can accommodate your request.

Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication. When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car.

Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leaders in advance by Please allow a few days for a response.

Contact: Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

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