Birdwatching North America with Birdingpaltours

  • If you are you an independent birdwatcher, who does not care for large group tours, then Birdingpaltours is for you
  • Our tours are flexible, safe and the use of a local guide lets you participate in the planning
  • A local guide knows all the hotspots and you get the most out of your trip
  • You select the date and length for a trip to suit youself
  • If your time is limited, we’ll design a tour to fit your needs
  • A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
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  • You will enjoy the advantage of all the attention you get in a small group, for the same price or perhaps even less, than you will pay if you travel with the large tour groups from other countries
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Birdwatching in Ontario

Toronto Area
Tour I.
Birdwatching Toronto and Area. (1 days)

South Western Ontario
Tour II.
Birdwatching around London, Ontario

Tour I - Greater Toronto Area with David Milsom

Birdingpaltours: North America defines the greater Toronto area as including Toronto itself, the Niagara Falls / Long Point area, Presqu’ile Provincial Park and Algonquin Provincial Park. Toronto has many ravines and parks and numerous great birding spots along the waterfront. Toronto has much to offer in any season but spring and fall are the best times for birdwatching. Niagara Falls are a major tourist attraction and a must see for anyone visiting this area. A days birding in this area will include the falls. Most people will be surprised to know that in late November, the Niagara Gorge at the foot of the falls has produced at least 14 species of gulls in one place. On a few occasions all 14 species have been there at once.

Toronto Day trip #1
Any time of Year.
On this tour we examine Lake Ontario for waterbirds and shorebirds (in season), as well as many passerines along the edge. Possibilities include Long-tailed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser and Greater Scaup, all 3 Mergansers, White-winged and Surf scoters, grebes including Horned, Pied-billed and Red-necked, swans including Tundra, Trumpeter and Mute, Common Loon, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Dunlin, gulls, terns, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and Green Heron (summer only). Mockingbird, Blue Jay, House Finch, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Song and other sparrows are also likely.

"Canada Warbler"

There are several noteworthy parks along the lake. Those we may visit are High Park, excellent during migration in spring and fall, Humber Bay Park, Tommy Thompson Park, Colonel Sam Smith Park, and other good locations nearer Hamilton.
Cost: $ 100 per person per day. Includes transportation if group is small (for larger groups - van rental at cost), entry fees, guiding fees, checklist, bottled water, snacks.

Toronto Day trip # 2
Any time of Year.
This tour will examine inland sites within or close to Toronto. Examples include Palgrave Conservation Area, Beeton Sod Farms, Cold Creek Conservation Area, Minesing Swamp, Lambton Woods, Thickson Woods and Lyndeshores Conservation Area. Species possible: Common breeding birds of the area plus warblers in Spring and Summer, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, several sparrows, Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Wild Turkey, swallows, flycatchers, Great Horned Owl, crossbills, shorebirds in Spring, Summer and Fall, raptors such as Red-tailed, Rough-legged and Broad-winged hawks, American Kestrel, Merlin, Osprey and eagles.

"Black-backed Woodpecker"

Cost : $100 per person per day. Includes transportation if group is small, (for larger groups - van rental at cost), entry fees, guiding fees, checklist, bottled water, snacks.

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Electronic map of Ontario

INTERESTED IN A LONGER TRIP? Ask David about Niagara Falls area and Algonquin Park and Long Point Area!

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Birding guide David Milsom, your local Birdingpal guide
President David Milsom is an expert birder who has led tours throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica. A keen nature photographer, he has learned much about wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and animals. His experience as an educator has enabled him to meet the various needs of his clients. His sense of humour, caring attitude and love of nature are all assets to his guiding of groups throughout the world.

Dave was an excellent leader. He was organized, well informed, interested in the various aspects of nature, most willing to share his knowledge and very accommodating. His flexibility and sense of humour were a real asset on this trip. I really enjoyed the trip, saw, learned and gathered some very memorable experiences. N.S., Winnipeg.

Electronic map of Ontario

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 5th edition
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, D Sibley Knopf 2003
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Last update 20/02/2014