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.

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Sunday, September 3

High Park Fall
8:00 a.m. to afternoon
Leader: Leslie Kinrys. Meet at 8:00 am at the parking lot inside the Bloor St entrance to High Park at High Park Avenue. Fall migrants, raptors.

Saturday, September 9

Leslie Street Spit Fall
8:00 a.m. 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). Justin will be joined by apprentice leader Caroline Biel. We’ll watch for fall migrants, including warblers and other songbirds, raptors, shorebirds and more.

Sunday, September 17

Lambton Woods Fall
8:00 a. m. to noon
Leader: Don Burton. Meet at 8:00 am at James Gardens parking lot (access from Edenbridge Drive east of Royal York Rd, north of Dundas St West). The focus will be on fall migrants.

Saturday, September 23

Toronto Islands Fall
7:30 a. m. to afternoon. We will be taking the 7:45 AM ferry to Ward's Island
Leader: Adam Capparelli. Meet at 7:30 am at Toronto Islands Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay St off Queen's Quay. Bring Lunch. We’ll look for late migrants, raptors and more.

Saturday, October 14

Durham Waterfront, Pickering-Oshawa Second Marsh
8:00 a.m. to afternoon
Leader: Henrique Pacheco and Charmaine Anderson. Meet at 8:00 a.m. 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 Halls' Rd, then turn right into Lynde Shores parking lot on the south side (parking fee required). Fall migrants, shorebirds, waterfowl.

Sunday, November 26

West Toronto Lakeshore and Beyond
9:00 a.m. to afternoon
Leader: Garth Riley. Meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot at Humber Bay Park East (located off Park Lawn Rd south of Lakeshore Boulevard West). Waterfowl and winter birding.

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Sunday, January 14

Sunnyside/ Humber Bay
1:30 PM 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 21

Durham Region
9:00 a.m. to late afternoon
Leader: Rayfield Pye, Charmaine Anderson. 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, February 11

Waterfowl for Beginners
9:00 a.m. to noon
Leader: Adam Capparelli. Meet at the Humber Bay Park East parking lot. 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. Binoculars are recommended if you have them. Dress for the conditions. We are walking on relatively level ground, but icy paths are possible. Waterfowl and other winter birds.

Sunday, March 4

West Toronto Lakeshore to Burlington
9:00 a.m. to late afternoon
Leader: Garth Riley. 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.

Saturday, April 21

Leslie Street Spit
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Leader: Garth Riley, John Carley, Bob Cumming. 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.

Wednesday, April 25

American Woodcock Display Appreciation at Leslie Street Spit.
7:45 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 advisable. In case of sustained heavy rain or storms, this event will be held on Thursday, April 20. Waterproof footwear is recommended!