Wood ducks, red-tailed hawks, and woodpeckers are just a few of the magnificent birds that can be found in Toronto’s parks. Since the pandemic began, Birds Canada has seen an increase in interest.
This year, more than twice as many people participated in the organization’s winter bird watching program as last year.
Birding provides consistency at a time when “birds will begin calling in the same location, at the same time of day, every day,” according to Andrés Jiminéz of Birds Canada. Thanks to conservation efforts, the once-near-extinct wood duck can now be seen all over the city, he claims.
He adds that you can see up to ten at once near Downsview Park and High Park, and that red-tail hawks can be found in areas with older trees, such as Lampton Wood and Humber River.
The organization encourages newcomers to walk through the city’s parks to see the birds and find comfort in them, such as the one in the middle of High Park.