[Ontbirds] OFO Outing: The Spit

victoria carley carley.la at sympatico.ca
Sun May 24 21:00:00 EDT 2009

Hello Ontbirders:

Today, 44 OFO members, guests, and future members, walked the Spit and 
Baselands ( Toronto's Urban Wilderness) on the annual OFO Outing. A 
total of 85 species were seen; along with 6 butterfly species.

A highlight was two large flocks of Whimbrel: the first flock, seen at 
approx 10 am, was distant; the second flock at noon (of 140 to 175 
birds...numbers vary according to observers of a wheeling flock) was 
well-observed as it wheeled and turned over the Eastern Endikement.  
Other highlights included two Black-billed Cuckoos (one in the 
Baselands wet woods; the other at Embayment D); 16 species of warblers 
(most in the wet woods) including Mourning and Canada. Blackpolls were 
seen and heard in most wooded areas. Least, Willow, Alder, and 
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were observed in the wet woods.

Many thanks to all those who participated. To those who didn't: come 
next year, to see how wonderful a day on The Spit can be.


John Carley

(also co-chair of Friends of the Spit )  www.friendsofthespit.ca

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