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LES­LIE STREET SPIT With a long shore­line and net­work of ravines, we’re blessed with prime bird­ing real es­tate. But the Spit, a dump site turned in­ad­ver­tent sanc­tu­ary, is a feath­ered won­der­land. Ev­ery year, thou­sands of wa­ter­fowl con­gre­gate from late fall to early spring, and song­birds, shore­birds and waders splash through dur­ing spring and fall migration. In win­ter, look for black and white long-tailed ducks, com­mon gold­eneyes and small buf­fle­heads, all of whom swoop down from Arc­tic and bo­real re­gions to lux­u­ri­ate in our ice-free wa­ters. Wild swans, es­capees from dull lives as or­na­men­tal birds on land­scaped ponds, are stunning sights. Hon­ourable men­tion to High Park, where in au­tumn, north of the restau­rant, bird­ers meet for the Hawk Watch, the best mi­grant raptor view­ing in any ur­ban lo­ca­tion in the world.

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