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.
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
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, Caroline Biel. 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 22
Oshawa Second Marsh
7:30 a.m. to early afternoon
Leader: Justin Peter, 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. Justin and Charmaine will be joined by assistant leader Kai Millyard. Little Gulls and other 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!
Sunday, April 29
Humber Bay Park East
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Don Burton. 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 12
High Park Spring
7:30 a.m. to noon
Leader: Caroline Biel. Meet at the parking lot inside the Bloor St. entrance to High Park at High Park Ave. at 7:30 a.m. An assistant leader is being sought for this excursion; please contact the Outings Councilor if you can assist. This outing involves walking over gentle terrain but with some contours, over 1 – 2 km. Warblers, orioles, sparrows, hummingbirds.
Wednesday, May 16
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 19
Toronto Islands Spring
8:00 a.m. to afternoon
Leader: Adam Capparelli. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Toronto Islands Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay St. south of Queen’s Quay to catch the 8:15 a.m. ferry to Hanlan’s Point (ferry fee required). We will be walking from approximately 2 - 4 km over level ground. Bring a lunch. Late spring migrants.
Saturday, May 26
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, June 3
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.