To make the activity more inclusive, the Feminist Bird Club is trying to encourage an equitable birding community by making people feel comfortable and not judged on their birding knowledge. “We put more of a focus on the experience and appreciation of birds and nature, more than an emphasis on there being the right way or having the right equipment.”
Top spots to see the birds
Some terrific spots to see our feathered friends in Toronto include: Tommy Thompson Park on Toronto’s waterfront, High Park, the Scarborough Bluffs, Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke and Downsview Park in North York just to name a few.
Screech owl (Photo: Andrés Jiménez Monge)
For residents of St. James Town who would like to stay closer to their neighbourhood, places like Don Valley Park and Don River, Rosedale Ravine, Riverdale Park East, Moss Park, and Evergreen Brickworks are also great birding areas. But if a short walking distance is more ideal, the best place to watch birds is the St. James Cemetery, according to Jiménez. “St. James Cemetery is the place to be. One hundred and seven species of birds can be seen at the cemetery including screech owls, cooper’s hawks, warblers, blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers and many more.”
St. James Cemetery is the oldest operating cemetery in Toronto, so it may also have some of the oldest trees, and that’s where birds like to flock. “Look for any parks with old trees,” advises Jiménez. “They have insects, they have places to hide, and they have holes to peck. An old tree is like having a gigantic diner available.”
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