[caption id="attachment_1290" align="aligncenter" width="223" caption="'Tis the season for fall bird migration"] [/caption] If you're a nature nut, there's no doubt you're enjoying fall bird migration. If you've never checked it out, now's the time! All you need is a set of binoculars, a bird guide and a prime bird-watching spot. Birding 101 My good friend Iain has been into birding (that's what the hard-core "birders" call it, by the way) for as long as I remember. I've asked him to share some seasoned birding advice. Here's what he had to say: My fave bird to look out for during fall migration is the otherwise inconspicuous broad-winged hawk (pictured above), which during fall migration can congregate into large ‘kettles’ of hundreds of birds. My local park, High Park, is the best spot to see this spectacle in the GTA and the largest number of broad-wingeds typically come through in mid-September. There is always a helpful group of experts camped out on Hawk Hill directly north-east of the Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of the park. A good fall migration tip would be to check out your local green space, particularly along large bodies of water, where migrating birds gather as they skirt the shore or rest up for lake crossings. Toronto hotspots include the Tommy Thompson Park, the Toronto Islands, Humber Bay Park East and Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke. For a challenge, work on identifying fall warblers that have molted their bright spring plumage for drab greys and browns; often making identification much more challenging. Thanks Iain! You know who else loves birds? The Toronto Botanical Garden. They've asked me to share some info about an upcoming fundraiser for a pretty amazing cause. Don’t miss the eco-bash of the season The Toronto Botanical Garden’s second annual Flocktail Party takes place on Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30 onwards. Tickets are $175. Come see the TBG magically transformed with fabulous décor, food, music, special “flocktail” drinks and fantastically attired feathered friends. Heed the call of the wild, and get your tickets now. Best of all, a fun night for you translates into funds for our endangered songbirds to help create a Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat at the TBG. It’s an event that’s truly For the Birds, and the TBG couldn’t be happier! For more info and tickets, visit torontobotanicalgarden.ca/birds. If you happen to be in or around Toronto on September 15, I suggest you check it out. Do you bird watch? What's your favourite bird?