[Ontbirds] Toronto Whimbrel Watch and 4th annual Spring Bird Festivel at Col. Sam Smith Park

Andrew Keaveney uofgtwitcher at msn.com
Thu May 23 14:57:31 EDT 2013

Hello Birders.
The Toronto Whimbrel Watch has been active the last few days although there hasn't been many Whimbrel yet.  The peak has typically been around May 23rd- 26th but of course migration is different every year.  Anyone can get involved, just bring a pair of binoculars and perhaps a spotting scope if you have one (not necessary though) and show up anytime throughout the day.  Folks come and go after spending a few hours watching.  While the best chance at seeing Whimbrels is earlier in the morning, the weather can delay them till later in the day.  We usually watch from the southern point with a large wooden light stand.  You may even choose to bring a lawn chair if you're going to be staying a while.
Yesterday there were perhaps 10 birds seen (which is very low of course), several of which flew by very close for good photography and a few even landed for a while on some rocky jetties.
4th Annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park
(hosted by the City of Toronto, CCFEW, Toronto and Region Conservation, and several others)
Saturday May 25th.  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be hourly guided bird walks starting at 9 a.m. with the first walk led by Dr. Bridget Stutchbury.  Other leaders are well known, active birders, in the Toronto birding community.
Activities, crafts and games, displays, backyard habitat building workshop, live birds, reptiles and amphibians, art workshops, photography, Bird Friendly coffee, and much more.
Directions:  Parking is found by taking Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke, south to its terminus.  There are two lots.
For any inquiries please don't hesitate to respond to this email.

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