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Jun 5, 2011

Jefferson Forest produces Acadian Flycatcher

Linda and I hiked in the 200-hectare Jefferson Forest, for the first time ever today, and came away agreeing with those who say it is one of the least disturbed areas close to Toronto.   We had only just begun our hike when we heard an Acadian Flycatcher right over our heads.   I was amazed because we were so close to the trailhead on the Stouffville-Gormley sideroad.   I fumbled for my camera but was unable to get a shot.   The bird was backlit by brilliant sunshine.   It's bold call was quite distinctive however,.   It was an auspicious start, but birds (even an Acadian Flycatcher) soon diminished in importance as we took in the magnificence of the forest itself.   I can't think of any place in Ontario to better view a mature mixed forest.   The Jefferson Forest lies east of Bayview Avenue, between the Whitchurch-Stouffville Sideroad and Bethesda Road, south of Lake Wilcox, in North Richmond Hill.

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