[Ontbirds]Northern Waterthrush at Humber River in Toronto

Norman Murr normurr at sympatico.ca
Sun Dec 10 18:03:41 EST 2006

Good evening folks.

 Today Alfred Adamo and I went to the Leslie Street Spit and found a Northern Waterthrush at the Old Mill Inn in west Toronto.

 The bird was on the west or right hand side of the entrance to the Old Mill Inn beneath a water sluice and waterwheel. We found the bird this afternoon and the bird was very active and feeding.

  On The Spit where a few good birds including 6 Lesser Scaup, 40+ Canvasbacks in one flock overhead, a juvenile Bald Eagle, 10 Great Blue Herons, Song and Swamp Sparrows along with plenty of the usual waterfowl species thru-out


 From Bloor Street just west of Jane Street turn right on Old Mill Drive, turn left at Catherine Drive and park in the public parking area on the right just before crossing the Old Mill Bridge. Cross the bridge and the Old Mill Inn is on your left and hard to miss.
 From the Bloor Subway - Exit at Old Mill station, exit the station and there are a set of stairs going down into the Humber River Valley on your left or the south side of the station.. After descending the stairs walk to your left or north to the Old Mill Inn (2 or 300 yards). The entrance to the Inn is on the north side of the building.
To get to "The Spit" from Queen & Yonge Sts. Take the Queen Street Car #501 east to Leslie St. and walk south (about 2 km) or as far as you can go on Leslie St. at Unwin Ave. and you will see the gate and signage. You may also catch the Jones Bus #83 at the Donlands Subway Station or transfer to it at Queen St. and Jones Ave. and take it to Leslie St. And Commissioner St. (on Saturday only). By automobile you may drive to Lakeshore Blvd and Leslie St. then south to The Spit.

You can park either on Leslie St. or Unwin Ave. You may also park in the parking lot inside the main gate after 9 am. Be sure to observe the parking lot closing time as if you are not out by then your auto will be locked in until the following day. — THE PARKING LOT AND ALL GATES WILL BE LOCKED AT 4:30PM


NOTE:- The official hours for The Spit are 9 am to 4:30 pm (weekends and holidays only of course) but the unofficial hours are sunup to sundown. To date no one has questioned any birder, jogger, cyclist, etc. about the use of The Spit from sunup to sundown.

The spit is only open on the weekends and on holidays, at other times you will not be able to access the area. This area is extensive, 7 km to the tip, but be prepared to walk more than that. The Spit is only open on the weekends and holidays because they are still building it.

Norm Murr

Richmond Hill, ON

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