Good Morning, yesterday on a beautiful Fall Day Bob Tyler, Owen Moorhouse and I birded Hanlan’s Point down to the Trout Pond and following are some of the birds we found, though not as many as the last two trips there we did find 15 Warbler species, but not one Thrush, except for one single Robin.
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, American Wigeon, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, E Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied, Willow and Least Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Warbling, Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Palm, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black and White and Wilson’s Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak Chipping, Song and White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco.
--- Last Monday, September 13th Bob Tyler found a Least Bittern at the Trout Pond on Gibraltar Point, A real nice find.
Fall Ferry and Islands Information.
Masked wearing is mandatory on the ferries and should be kept on in the city side dock area as well.
Note:- There is a washroom at the city side of the docks but the washrooms on the ferries are closed due to Corvid. Most washrooms throughout The Islands are open.
There are no washrooms or fountains on Algonquin Island and no washrooms on Snake Island and the fountain is turned off.
The Riviera Café just east of the bridge onto Algonquin Island (west of the ferry dock) is open for take-out and the back patio is also open.
The Island Café straight out from the ferry dock is also open for take-out only, but there lots of seats in front.
The Mermaid Café has been open lately on Hanlan’s Point, just south of the tennis courts and may be open until the end of the month, maybe.
Be aware that there is a Frisbee Course on Ward's Island, west of the Island Fire Station so be alert when in the course area.
Another Note:- The Island ferry schedules - All ferries are operating - You can obtain ferry schedules, prices, restrictions, etc. at - https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/toronto-island-park/all-ferry-schedules/
FYI - The first boat to Hanlan’s Point is 6:30 am, the next ones are at 7:00 am and 7:30 am and the first boat to Ward’s Island is at 6:30 am, the next ones are at 7:30 am and 8:15 am. All times are Monday to Sunday and Holidays.
Also, be aware that the island school has a daycare centre operating during the week, so please do not approach too close when the children are out and about around the school. There is also a daycare centre on Algonquin Island so do not approach too close there as well.
If anyone is interested I have revised my Toronto Island Site and Bird Guide and it can be found on the OFO Website (http://www.ofo.ca/ofo-docs/Toronto_Islands_Birding_and_Site_Guide.pdf)
There is also an unofficial Checklist of Birds of The Islands at that site.
This is a Summer Guide but may be useful in Spring, Fall and Winter as I bird most of those same areas during those times
Richmond Hill, ON