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    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 3:30 PM
    • Wiarton
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    Trip Description: 

    The Bruce Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron is a corridor for migrating birds.

    Saturday’s birding will concentrate on the Cabot Head area with concentrations of Red-necked Grebes, scoters and other waterbirds on Georgian Bay and other birds migrating through the upper Bruce Peninsula.  Flocks of Sandhill Cranes will be a highlight.

    Sunday’s birding will focus on the Lake Huron shoreline with special emphasis on Black Creek Prov. Park Reserve, Stokes Bay, Isaac & Sky Lakes and the Oliphant shoreline. 

    The birding each day will be very different.  One can attend one or both days.

    The meeting location for both days is the parking area for the Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge on Highway #6 at the north end of Wiarton at 8:30 a.m.


    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  (One birding buddy is allowed where required.) Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Martin and Kathy Parker, Kiah Jasper.

    Location: The meeting location for both days is the parking area for the Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge on Highway #6 at the north end of Wiarton at 8:30 a.m.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. Breaks will be taken for washrooms on both days.

    Accommodation is available at Spirit Rock (519-534-5168).  Bring a packed lunch.

    Terrain: Easy terrain reached for the most part by car.

    Facilities: Restrooms available . 



    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Hawk Cliff
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    Trip Description: 

    October 24 (Sunday) Hawk Cliff & Area - South-west of London Leader: Dave Brown. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Hawk Cliff. From Hwy. 401 Exit 177, take Hwy. 4 south through western St. Thomas until it becomes Sunset Drive. Continue about 8 km to Union. Go east on County Road 27, Sparta Line Road. Go east one road (about 3 km ) to County Road 22 (Fairview Road). Head south. The 2nd road south is County Road 24 (Dexter Line) and you will meet a stop sign. Looking south, you will see the sign for Hawk Cliff. Go south on the dirt road to the lake. Park along road allowance. Raptors, waterfowl, gulls and late migrants, especially Golden Eagle.

    Please note that physical distancing is required at the cliffs.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. (One birding guest may accompany registrant ).  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Dave Brown.

    Location: Hawk Cliff.

    What to bring: Lunch if birding all day, water, sunscreen, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Fairly flat terrain. Slow pace. Travel by car between locations.

    Location not accessible via public transportation.

    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cobourg
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    October 31 (Sunday) Cobourg Harbour, Presqu’ile Provincial Park                             

    Meet Cobourg Harbour parking area on west side at 8.30 am. Rare gulls, loons, grebes and shorebirds possible. Then drive to Presqu’ile Prov. Pk. (entry fee) for late migrants, including Purple Sandpipers.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One guest is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Brian Wales, Cathy Douglas.

    Location: Cobourg Harbour

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, snacks, (lunch).  There will be a short lunch break. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 


    Terrain: Flat  terrain. Fairly slow pace. Telescope useful.

    Facilities: Restrooms available throughout. 

    Presqu'ile Provincial Park :  Registrants MUST have a reservation ahead of time with Ontario Parks to be presented on arrival at the gate and posted in the car. This applies to day pass and season pass holders. You must book your reservation 5 days ahead to be sure to obtain a spot in the park. To reserve, go to: https://www.ontarioparks.com/reservations or Reservations by Phone. Call Toll Free: 1-888-ONT-PARK  (1-888-668-7275).

    Ontario Parks requires advanced bookings for day use at Presqu’ile Provincial Park either online or by phone. Please obtain your daily vehicle permit reservation 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE for Saturday, 21 August 2021. Go online to Ontario Parks Reservation System and select Day Use. You will need to create an account to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to register if you already have an Ontario Parks seasonal pass. Follow instructions either to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to enter your seasonal pass number. You also need your vehicle licence plate number. Ontario Parks Reservation phone number 1-888-668-7275.



    • 07 Nov 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ottawa
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    Trip Description: Migrating Waterfowl and Open Country Species east of Ottawa.

    Farm fields east of Ottawa are mostly harvested by November. This creates much suitable staging habitat for migrating geese and other open country species. 
    Besides large flocks of geese, species we'll search for include Ross's Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Sandhill Crane, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike and American Pipit.
    With extreme luck, we might find Short-eared Owl, American Golden Plover, Lapland Longspur or a stray from far away. 
    If time permits, we'll check out the Alfred Lagoons for a variety of ducks and shorebirds.  



    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Tony Beck.

    Location: 

     7:30am at the the Trim Park & Ride - November 7/2021
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/OC+Transpo+-+Trim+Park+%26+Ride/@45.4944918,-75.4797633,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xd5421895bc8023c6!8m2!3d45.4944918!4d-75.479763

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen , snacks, lunch. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 


    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace

    Facilities: Restrooms available . Washroom, coffee stop enroute.



    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Port Hope
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    Trip Description: November 20th : Meet at 8 a.m. in parking area at Port Hope Harbour close to railway bridge over the Ganaraska River, on Mill Street south at the southern end of Highway #28. Bird Port Hope Harbour, Sculthorpe Marsh, Cobourg Harbour,  Wicklow Beach, Chubb Point.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members and guestsMaximum: 8 cars, multiple people / car. 

    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Brian Wales.

    Location: Meet at Port Hope Harbour on Mill Street south.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Majority of birding by car. A telescope is very useful.

    Facilities: Restrooms available. Lunch Break around 11.40 am at Tim Hortons in Cobourg. Also, washroom break earlier at Tims in Port Hope.



    • 27 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sunnyside on Toronto waterfront
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    Trip Description: 

    November 27 (Saturday) – William Loane Memorial Waterfowl Outing


    Meet 8:00 at Sunnyside, on the western Toronto lakeshore at the Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski monument. Join Glenn Coady to learn how to identify ducks and other waterfowl at a distance and in-flight at various stops along Lake Ontario, aspects of their life history, and their current and historical status in Southern Ontario.  Bring a lunch and dress warmly. Scope recommended but not required. Registration is required at ofo.ca. Maximum 20 participants.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. (One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required).  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader; Glenn Coady

    Location: Sunnyside - can be reached by TTC.

    What to bring: Lunch if birding all day, rain gear, water, sunscreen, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Travel by car between locations.

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peterborough
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    Trip Description: December 4th : Meet at 8 a.m. in parking area of Peterborough Zoo on Water Street. Mainly car birding along the Otonabee River, Peterborough Airport, Trent River, and Rice Lake area.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members and guestsMaximum: 8 cars, multiple people / car. 

    Leader: Dave Milsom

    Location: Meet at Peterborough Zoo.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 


    Terrain: Flat terrain. Majority of birding by car. A telescope is very useful.

    Facilities: Restrooms available. Appropriate breaks will be taken through the day.



    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Barrie
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    Trip Description: 

    December 4 (Saturday) Barrie

    Leader Jim Coey. Meet at the City of Barrie Dock Road Municipal Parking lot at 204 Dock Road, south-east corner of Dock Road and Plunkett Ct. at 9.00am We will look for lingering migrants in the parks and waterfowl on the lake. Lake Simcoe has had some surprising birds over the years. Who knows what will turn up? Car pool and easy walking and usually cold. Gulls, waterfowl and winter finches. 


    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Jim Coey

    Location: Barrie

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen , rain gear, snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    If you have one, bring telescope.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace.

    Facilities: Restrooms available at various stops. May be parking fee.



    • 05 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Niagara Falls
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    Trip Description: 

    December 5 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch

    Leaders: Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin.

    Meet 9:00 a.m. at Sir Adam Beck Generating Station overlook on Niagara River Parkway south of Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to USA. From QEW take Hwy 405 towards USA and exit at Stanley Avenue. YOU MUST EXIT HWY at STANLEY AVENUE. Turn left, crossing over Hwy 405, then immediately right onto Portage Road which parallels Hwy 405 for 3 km. At Brock Monument traffic circle take first right exit, Niagara Parkway, signed "The Falls". Follow for 1.8 km to Sir Adam Beck overlook on left.

    Location: Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, Niagara Falls.

    Terrain: Flat.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen,  optional packed lunch, snacks, warm clothing, rain gear..

    Facilities: Washrooms available enroute.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members/guests who are fully vaccinated. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Contact: Please contact trip leader in advance if you require accommodations, loaner binoculars by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Humber Bay Park East
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    December 11 (Saturday) Toronto Lakeshore

    Leader: John Schmelefske.
    Meet 9:00 a.m. at Humber Bay Park East parking lot. Off the QEW, coming from the west, take the exit to Park Lawn. Go south. Cross Lakeshore Road, then turn right to the parking area. Off the QEW, coming from the east, exit at Lakeshore Road. Turn right onto Lakeshore Road, then left at the lights into Humber Bay Park East. Winter species: ducks, gulls, waterbirds, finches, raptors.

    Who can come: Trip is for fully vaccinated OFO members/guests. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Location: Humber Bay Park East.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, snacks, warm/rain gear, cameras. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace.

    Facilities: Restrooms nearby. Washroom/lunch break location to be chosen by leader.



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