Taking a cue from nature, young adults migrate home during the spring. It’s so much fun birding with family. We hit the road with full tummies, two cameras, limitless energy and a mountain of anticipation. Despite the particularly cloudy and gloomy day we soldiered on to Hendrie Park.
Our first was the great blue heron.
Our second was a pair of tree swallows located in a tree near a body of water and this one was spotted along the path to Snake Road.
Our third was the blue-grey gnatcatcher whose zhee zhee zhee song caught our attention.
Our fourth and final unmistakable bird of a blue hue was the belted kingfisher.
En route to Snake Road we spotted a pair of deer heading to the park via the railroad tracks. A fellow photographer on the bridge advised he typically walked along the tracks in order to photograph foxes, deer and other wildlife. We had spotted him earlier near the tracks and were concerned for his safety as VIA, GO Transit and freight trains travel along this route.
North and south of the train tracks are Jewish cemeteries. We noted stones of remembrance lovingly placed by mourners.
The youngest member of our party shrieked with delight on encountering a bird that had flown away earlier. It was discovered to be a spotted sandpiper.
The older sibling suggested that they should risk life and limb to descend a steep hill to get better photographs of the wood ducks (two females and four males) enjoying each other’s company as well as the tree swallows skimming over the pond. I stood on the trail with cellphone in hand praying for their safety and for a great batch of pictures.
The following beautiful photographs were also taken by the two members of my party.
I was treated to relatively close encounters of turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks and ospreys.
We just crossed over Plains Road when a low flying raptor landed in a tree across the street. I ran over with camera in hand, shaking with anticipation and giddy with delight. I raised the camera, focused the lens then hit continuous shooting. I ran back to the other side of the street with a big grin on my face. I looked up and noted I caught the attention of patrons at a nearby restaurant. I didn’t care, I got me a photograph of an osprey.