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.
Sunday, January 15
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.
Sunday, January 22
9:00 a.m. to late afternoon.
Leader: 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. Rayfield will be joined by apprentice leader Charmaine Anderson. Winter birds.
Saturday, January 28
This is a full-day out-of-town excursion.
Leader: Justin Peter. This is a full-day out-of-town excursion. Participation is limited to ~20 participants. Advance registration is required with preference given to TOC members. We will bird from our vehicles and by foot over mainly level terrain. This trip will not proceed in the case of sustained heavy rain, freezing rain or snowstorm conditions that create adverse driving conditions. Our alternate date is Saturday, February 4 in case we are preempted by foul weather. If you are interested, please contact Justin for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org. Owls, diurnal raptors, waterfowl and more.
Saturday, 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 5
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 apprentice leader Kai Millyard. Waterfowl, geese, swans.
Wednesday, April 19
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!
Saturday, April 22
Leslie Street Spit Spring
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (NOTE new start time)
Leader: John Carley, Garth Riley, Caroline Biel, 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.
Sunday, April 23
Oshawa Second Marsh
8:00 a.m. to early afternoon.
Leader: Justin Peter. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 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. An opportunity for an apprentice or assistant leader is available on this outing; please contact the Outings Councilor if interested. Little Gulls and other migrants.
Sunday, April 30
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 13
High Park Spring
7:30 a.m. to noon.
Leader: Pat Hodgson. 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 17
6:30 to 8:45pm
Leader: Bob Kortright. 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Meet at SW corner of Lakeshore and Northern Dancer Blvds. This outing involves walking on essentially flat terrain over ~ 3-4 km. Evening ramble in search of spring migrants.
Saturday, May 20
Toronto Islands Spring
8:00 a.m. to late afternoon.
Leader: John Nishikawa. 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. John will be joined by apprentice leader Henrique Pacheco on the outing. Late spring migrants.
Saturday, May 27
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.
Saturday, June 17
Bird Photography Walk
7:30 am to 11 am
Leader: Nancy Barrett. Meet at the Humber Bay East parking lot for 7:30 a.m. To get there, go along Lakeshore Blvd. West to Parklawn Rd. Go south on Parklawn (which becomes Marine Parade Drive) and then take the first road on the right. Follow this road to the main parking lot. Bring a snack. This outing involves walking on gentle terrain over 1 – 2 km. This outing will serve as an introduction to the art of bird photography, including understanding bird behaviour and ethical approaches to bird photography.