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North Shore of Lake Ontario

Sunday, December 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swans

Pre-registration is required by contacting David Gascoigne.

Dates:    Sunday 19 December, 2021 and Wednesday 22 December 2021

Time:   8:00 am

Leader:     David Gascoigne    email: theospreynest@sympatico.ca    Phone: 519 725-0866    Cell: 226 747-7299

Location:    Meet at the commuter parking lot on Highway 6 just south of Highway 401.

Duration:    All day


First stop will be at the DesJardins Canal in Dundas, ON where a wide range of waterfowl is possible, including close views of Hooded Merganser. Carolina Wren has been present during recent visits.

After leaving DesJardins we will check at Woodland Cemetery to see if the Eastern Screech Owls are cooperating, and make a stop at Grindstone Creek with a short foray into Hendrie Valley Sanctuary. Here you stand a chance to have a Downy Woodpecker feed from your hand.

We will then head to LaSalle Park in Burlington where Trumpeter Swans are the star attraction, and many of the winter ducks such as Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser and others may have taken up residence. American Coot is possible. A walk along the boardwalk through the wooded area might yield Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, woodpeckers, sparrows and, for those who enjoy doing it, the chance to hand feed Black-capped Chickadees. Many other common passerines should be seen.

We will then check out Paletta Park where the wooded area and the lakeshore often yield good birding.

If time permits we will check at Bronte Harbour in Oakville, and Lakefront Promenade in Mississauga, where both Horned and Red-necked Grebes are possible. Migratory Common Loons are sometimes present.

There is no shortage of washroom stops along this route and we will stop somewhere to have lunch together.

This is a full day's outing so be sure to pack a lunch and snacks if you need them. Dress according to the weather, bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, a field guide and lots of enthusiasm.

Registration is required, and the limit will be governed by prevailing COVID regulations. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis, but with luck freedom of outdoor assembly will be relaxed and no one will have to be disappointed.


Sunday, December 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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David Gascoigne
519 725-0866 Cell: 226 747-7299


Commuter Parking Lot – Highway 6 south of 401
1 ON-6
Morriston, ON Canada
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