Ward’s Island: Toronto continued
We were on Algonquin Island merrily searching a patch of woodland when we were wonderfully surprised by the sight of a female merlin. We managed to contain our familial glee as we approached ever closer to her. She was rather accommodating and displayed beautifully for us.
During our sojourn to Ward’s Island we heard and encountered a hermit thrush, brown thrasher as well as Northern flickers.
The plan is to return to the Toronto islands in the very near future to complete our tour. Bidding us adieu at the ferry dock were a darling pair of long-tailed ducks.
Colonel Sam Smith Park: Toronto
In the interim, I made a brief visit to Colonel Sam Smith Park on Sunday. Boats now line the area where the snowy owl spent the winter.
Exploring led to the discovery of a blue-headed vireo. I tried desperately to photograph the rear of this bird but this multi-tasking whiz would turn her body in order that I would remain in her range of vision. A fellow birder decided the best tactic was to have the bird concentrate on her while I snuck around to the rear. No such luck. This prudish little bird simply did not want her hindquarters photographed.
Here is a yellow-rumped warbler that I photographed.
Red-necked grebes were plentiful.
A pair of red-necked grebes worked to build a nest on a buoy while another had settled into a second buoy quite nicely.
This brown thrasher burst into utterly uninhibited song.