Ward’s Island Toronto – Bird watching

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.
Merlin (Female)
Merlin (Female)

During our sojourn to Ward’s Island we heard and encountered a hermit thrush, brown thrasher as well as Northern flickers.

Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

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.

Long-Tailed Duck (Male)
Long-Tailed Duck (Female)
Long-Tailed Duck (Female)
Long-Tailed Duck (Female)

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.

Blue-Headed Vireo

Here is a yellow-rumped warbler that I photographed.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Red-necked grebes were plentiful.

Red-Necked Grebes
Red-Necked Grebe

A pair of red-necked grebes worked to build a nest on a buoy while another had settled into a second buoy quite nicely.

Red-Necked Grebes
Red-Necked Grebe
Red-Necked Grebe

This brown thrasher burst into utterly uninhibited song.

Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher

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