Outings

Jim Baillie Memorial Bird Walks

Outings will take place rain or shine. Outings may involve walking on unpaved trails that may be muddy, steep, overgrown and/or uneven. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent appropriate to the weather/season, and bring a snack or lunch and something to drink. Participants in outings take part at their own risk and the TOC assumes no responsibility for any loss or injury however sustained. Please do not bring pets.

These outings are for those of all abilities who are interested in birds. Beginners welcome. Free to all.

The Toronto Ornithological Club also organizes a selection of special local excursions, out-of-town field trips and workshops for its members. Registration information is provided in the club newsletter.

2019 OutingsTop

Sunday, January 13

Sunnyside/ Humber Bay
1:30 p.m. to sunset
Leader: Bob Cumming, David Purcell. Meet at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the foot of Windermere Ave. immediately south of Lake Shore Blvd. West. Dress warmly. We are walking on relatively level ground, but icy paths are possible. We will probably drive between Sunnyside and Humber Bay. Carpooling may be available. Gulls and waterfowl.

Sunday, January 20

Durham Region
9:00 a.m. to late afternoon
Leader: Charmaine Anderson, Rayfield Pye. Meet at the southwest corner of the Pickering GO Station parking lot (Bayly St. / Liverpool Rd.) at 9:00 a.m. We will be driving from here and between birding hotspots. Carpooling opportunities may be available. Bring a lunch and dress warmly. Winter birds.

Sunday, March 3

West Toronto Lakeshore to Burlington
9:00 a.m. to late afternoon
Leader: Kai Millyard. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Humber Bay East (south of Lakeshore Boulevard West at Parklawn Rd. Go south on Parklawn and then keep right to go to the parking lot). We will be driving between hotspots. Carpooling opportunities will be available. Garth will be joined by assistant leader Kai Millyard. Waterfowl, geese, swans.

Sunday, April 14

South Peel Hotspots
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Reuven Martin. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Marie Curtis Park parking lot, off 42nd Street, south of Lakeshore Avenue. We’ll search for songbirds, waterfowl, waders and more as we travel, possibly also visiting Lakefront Promenade, Saddington Park, Rattray Marsh and Lakeside Park. This outing involves walking on gentle terrain over ~3 -4 km. We will be driving between locations. Carpooling may be available. Spring migrants.

Sunday, April 21

Oshawa Second Marsh
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Leader: Charmaine Anderson. Meet in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. at the GM Headquarters in Oshawa. Exit from highway 401 at the Harmony Rd. Exit (419) in Oshawa. Go south on Farewell St. to Colonel Sam Drive. Turn east onto Colonel Sam Drive and follow to the parking lot at the GM Headquarters. Park in the west parking lot close to the marsh. Bring a lunch. This outing involves walking on gentle terrain over 1.5 – 3 km. Little Gulls and other migrants.

Thursday, April 25

American Woodcock Display Appreciation at Leslie Street Spit.
7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Leader: Justin Peter. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at the foot of Leslie St. at Unwin Ave. (south of Lakeshore Blvd. East). Waterproof footwear is recommended!

Saturday, April 27

Leslie Street Spit Spring
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Leader: Bob Cumming, Garth Riley, Caroline Biel, John Carley. Meet at the foot of Leslie St. at Unwin Ave. (south of Lakeshore Blvd. East). Bring a lunch and wear appropriate footwear for the “wet woods”. This may be a large group outing; if necessary, the group may be split among the leaders. Early spring migrants. Waterproof footwear is recommended! We will walk over mainly level ground over as few as 2 to as many as 8 kilometres, depending on our time available and interest. Early spring migrants.

Sunday, April 28

Humber Bay Park East
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Howard Shapiro. Meet at the Humber Bay East parking lot at 7:30 a.m. To get there go along Lakeshore Blvd. West to Parklawn Rd. Go south on Parklawn and then take the first road on the right. Follow this road to the main parking lot. Bring a lunch. This outing involves walking on gentle terrain over 1 – 2 km. Spring migrants.

Saturday, May 11

High Park Spring
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Tim McCarthy, Ian Maione. Meet at the parking lot inside the Bloor St. entrance to High Park at High Park Ave. at 7:30 a.m. This outing involves walking over gentle terrain but with some contours, over 1 – 2 km. Warblers, orioles, sparrows, hummingbirds.

Wednesday, May 15

Ashbridges Bay
6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m
Leader: Bob Kortright. 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Meet at SW corner of Lakeshore and and Coxwell/Ashbridge's Bay drive. This outing involves walking on essentially flat terrain over ~ 3 km. Evening ramble in search of spring migrants.

Saturday, May 18

Bird Photography Walk
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Nancy Barrett. Meet at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in the southernmost parking lot. The park is south of Lake Shore Boulevard at Kipling Avenue; continue south on Colonel Samuel Smith Park Road, following the winding drive to the end. Transit users can access the park via the 501 Queen streetcar, or the 44 Kipling South and 944 Kipling South Express from the Kipling subway station. This outing involves walking on gentle terrain for 2-3 km. Bring water and a snack. This outing will serve as an introduction to the art of bird photography, including understanding bird behaviour and ethical approaches to bird photography.

Saturday, May 18

Toronto Islands Spring
8:00 a.m. to late afternoon
Leader: Bob Cumming, David Purcell. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Toronto Islands Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay St. south of Queen’s Quay to catch the 8:00 a.m. ferry to Hanlan’s Point. Ferry fee required; Adult $8.19 or Student/Senior $5.37. We will be walking approximately 2 - 4 km over level ground. Bring a lunch. Waterproof footwear is advisable. Late spring migrants.

Sunday, May 19

Earl Bales Park
7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Leader: Leslie Kinrys. Meet at the Earl Bales Community Centre parking lot, 4169 Bathurst Street (at Sheppard). There is an initial steep descent down a paved path but the rest of the terrain is level and an easy walk over 2 km. Resident and migrant songbirds, waterbirds and waders.

Saturday, May 25

Colonel Samuel Smith Park
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Kevin Seymour. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the most southerly parking lot at the foot of Kipling Ave. south of Lakeshore West. This will be a gentle walk over level ground. If you are interested in assisting with this excursion as an apprentice leader, please contact the Outings Councillor. Whimbrels and other migrants.

Sunday, September 1

High Park Fall
8:00 am to noon
Leader: Howard Shapiro. Meet at 8:00 a. m. in the parking lot inside the Bloor St. entrance to High Park at High Park Ave. This outing involves walking over gentle terrain but with some contours, over 1 – 2 km. Fall migrants.

Saturday, September 7

Leslie Street Spit Fall
8:00 am to afternoon
Leader: Caroline Biel. Meet at 8:00 a. m. at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park at Unwin Ave and Leslie St (south of Lakeshore Blvd East). We’ll watch for fall migrants, including warblers and other songbirds, raptors, shorebirds and more.

Sunday, September 15

Colonel Samuel Smith Park Fall
8:00 am to noon
Leader: Andrew Don. Meet at 8:00 a. m. at the most southerly parking lot at the foot of Kipling Ave. south of Lakeshore West. The focus will be on fall migrants.

Saturday, September 21

Toronto Islands Fall
7:30 am to afternoon
Leader: Justin Peter. Meet at 7:30 a. m. at the Toronto Islands Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay St off Queen’s Quay to catch the 8:00a.m. ferry to Hanlan’s Point (fee required). Bring lunch. We’ll look for late migrants, raptors and more.

Sunday, October 20

Durham Waterfront, Pickering-Oshawa Second Marsh
8:00 am to afternoon
Leader: Charmaine Anderson. Meet at 8:00am at Lynde Shores parking lot. Take Hwy 401 East and exit at Salem, go south to Bayly St. (2nd lights), then east past Lakeridge. Continue on past Hall’s Rd. then turn right into Lynde Shores parking on the south side (parking fee required). Fall migrants, shorebirds, waterfowl.

Saturday, November 30

West Toronto Lakeshore and Beyond
9:00 am to afternoon
Leader: Garth Riley. Meet at 9:00 a. m. at the parking lot at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, at the foot of Kipling Ave. which becomes Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. south of Lakeshore Blvd West. Park in the last most southerly parking lot. Bring a snack and refreshments. Waterfowl and winter birding.