[Ontbirds]Hanlans Point - Sedge Wren still there
normurr at sympatico.ca
Sun Oct 1 19:24:28 EDT 2006
Spent a few hours on Hanlans Point today and among other birds I found the Sedge Wren that Alfred Adamo reported yesterday. It was at the south end of the Island Airfield fence. A very co-operative bird that sat on the fence and posed.
Other bird found were 2 Osprey, N. Harrier, 12 sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Cooper's hawks, 3 A. Kestrels, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 1 Caspian Tern (a surprise), 22 Y-B Sapsuckers, 11 E. Phoebes, Hermit Thrush, 10 G. Catbirds, Blue-headed Vireo, 11 Winter Wrens, many Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Magnolia, Black-throated blue, and Palm Warblers, A. Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Song, Lincoln's, Swamp, Chipping, Field, White-crowned, and White-throated Sparrows, and A. Pipit.
All of the above birds and more were found on Hanlans Point.
TORONTO ISLANDS (Wards Island to Hanlans Point - without side trips is 5 km)
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 at 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 adult / $3.50 for seniors & students) and to find out the sailing times you can phone (416) 392-8193. There are washrooms on the islands as well as the city side at the ferry docks and you can pick up a schedule at the docks or check on line.
The 1st boat to Wards Island (my preferred starting point) is 6:35 am and the 2nd is 7:00 am Monday to Friday.
The 1st is at 6:35 am and the 2nd boat is at 7:15 am on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
The 1st boat to Hanlans Point is 8:00 am and the 2nd boat is at 8:30 am Monday to Friday.
The 1st is at 8:15 am and the 2nd boat is at 9:15 am on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
If arriving in early am you must obtain your ticket from a machine just inside the gate so be sure to have $1.00 and $2.00 and/or 25 cent coins before you arrive at the docks as there is no place to get change and the machine does not make change. (There is a change machine there if you want to chance it).
There are coffee shops across from the ferry docks in the building on the northwest corner and they are open early. food and beverages on The Islands when open are very expensive i.e. soft drink $3.00 plus.
For a detailed ferry schedule check the following web site.
Richmond Hill, ON
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