[Ontbirds]New Migrants - Toronto Islands

Norman Murr normurr at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 16 17:08:28 EDT 2005

Good Day All

 Today was another pleasant day on the Toronto Islands even if it was hard 
on the feet.

 Some of the new arrivals  were Caspian Tern (2), N. Mockingbird (1), 
Rough-winged Swallow (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (21), Black-throated 
blue-Warbler (1 rough looking male), Swamp Sparrow (5), White-throated 
Sparrow (21), Savannah Sparrow (26), and Chipping Sparrow (2).

 Other birds of note were Canvasback (1 pair), N. Flicker (78), E. Phoebe 
(7), Hermit Thrush (25), Brown Creeper (21), Winter Wren (9), Song Sparrow 
(35), Field Sparrow (19), E. Towhee (3), and N. Cardinal (13).

 Golden-crowned Kinglet and Dark-eyed Junco numbers are down to below 50 and 
not one A. Tree Sparrow was seen by me.

 Be aware that if you plan a trip over there during these nice days that a 
large number of people start arriving after 10am but if you follow the route 
Wards (behind the houses) to Snake Is. to Snug Is. thru Centre Is. to the 
Wildlife Sanctuary and on to Gibralter and Hanlans Point you will miss the 
bulk of the crowds as they stick to the more manicured areas and walkways 
and if you take children over also be aware that the beach on Hanlans Point 
is a nude Beach and some  men already are using it.

 All in all a nice day to be out with 56 species tallied.

 Good birding.


To get to the Toronto Islands from Queen and Yonge Streets on the TTC. If 
your on the subway

southbound stay on it and get off at Union Station, walk south about 1 km to 
the ferry docks at the

foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay and you are there. If in an auto on the 
Gardener Expressway

or on Lakeshore Blvd, then exit at Bay Street and drive south to Queens 
Quay, there are lots of

parking lots nearby (fee). There is a fee for using the island ferries 
($6.00 / $3.50 for seniors) and to

find out the sailing times you can phone (416) 392-8193 and there are 
washrooms on the islands

as well as the city side at the ferry docks.

The 1st boat to Wards Island (my preferred starting point) is 6:35 am and 
the 2nd is 7:15 am Monday

to Saturday and the 1st is at 8:00 am on Sunday.

Norm Murr

Richmond Hill, ON


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