Tommy Thompson Park

Sights & Sites: Charles Bruce-Thompson

Charles Bruce-Thompson

Bruce is Vice President of the Toronto Field Naturalists, a member of the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team, and a retired chef/nutritionist.

I asked him the question: What is the most interesting, unusual or beautiful sight to see in one of our ravines or forests?"

"I would choose the banding station in Tommy Thompson Park in migration season, when it's open for business. Just getting there is fun, particularly if you take the longest possible route from the park gates - on foot. Once there, there's nowhere else that you can get an up-to-date record of all the birds that have visited. There are always a few surprises, including birds that not only have I never seen but that I have never even heard of. The dedicated volunteer staff are happy to show you any recently caught birds prior to their measurements and release (the birds, that is). It is always somewhat of a surprise to find that birds in the hand appear to be about half the size one imagines. The volunteers will also answer even the most uninformed questions from the public (I know, a lot were from me). Considering they have to arrive there before dawn, their forbearance and energy are remarkable

Out of season the station is closed, but the small promontory that runs south west from the station is probably the least visited part of the spit and always rewarding to visit in any season both for the natural features and for the view of the city, and the cormorant colony just across the strait."

Note: Sadly, in the picture above, the banding station is not open for business! The station is open to the public odd hours, and on hiatus in mid-summer. If you plan on visiting, you should check out before hand.

Posted on: August 22, 2015
This post is part of Sights & Sites, a series that celebrates our amazing ravines & forests and the people who care for them.