My day commenced with a trip to Hendrie Valley where the omnipresent red-winged black bird reigned. I heard and spotted the belted kingfisher but I couldn’t get a clear photograph. The hooded mergansers and buffleheads were a-courting, the Canadian geese were hooting and hollering which all made for a merry visit.
I shall introduce you to a few other characters I encountered at Hendrie Valley:
My absolute happiest find was a pair of wood ducks. This was my first time seeing them.
Our next stop was Lasalle Park where this little adorable horned grebe showed absolutely no compunction about grooming while we were standing, stooping, and cooing mere meters from her.
Last week I had the opportunity to capture snapshots of a number of waterfowl spotted near the shore.
Colonel Samuel Smith Park
Fast forward, we made our second trip to Colonel Samuel Smith Park. The snowy owl was absent but we encountered this amusing bulldog as he took a brief dip in Lake Ontario.
A good number of red-necked grebes provided ample entertainment on what was a very blustery day.
I had the good fortune of chatting with a wildlife photographer. Please check out Jon Hurd’s wild images on Flickr. Jon informs me that salmon will be spawning under the Old Mill subway station over the next two weeks.
Hendrie Valley: Round 2
Sunday’s trek to Hendrie Valley netted photographs of a transitional American goldfinch, another first.
Next, I travelled to Lasalle Marina where a male horned grebe caught a bite to eat. I watched as he dropped the fish several times.
- Female birds are banded on the left leg while males are banded on the right.
- And lastly, I learned of the existence and purpose of shewee. The subject came up when a fellow birder told me that as he headed to the bush to relieve himself he spotted an osprey nearby. I laughed so hard I just about had a “moment”. On further thought, it is a brilliant invention, not sure it’s for me but good to know such a product exists.