Sherwood Forest: Warblers & Scarlet Tanager

Today’s adventure unfolded at Sherwood Forest Park in Appleby, ON. The park is bordered by residential properties, soccer fields and railroad tracks. It features several small wooded areas, paved walkways and two narrow creeks. That said, I had not explored the park fully due to Mother’s Day commitments.

On entering the wooded area I saw a flash of orange. At first I thought it was a Baltimore oriole but on raising my camera I was happily wrong. Just so you know how everything unfolds, I take a trillion pictures of any bird that I haven’t seen before. At home we gather around the computer with three bird guides in hand supplemented by allaboutbirds.org. On identifying the species it’s high fives all around and big smiles.

The bird was confirmed to be an American redstart; a first for me.

American Redstart at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

American Redstart

American Redstart at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

American Redstart

American Redstart in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

American Redstart

I heard some rustling down below. I tip-toed quietly and found this foraging brown thrasher.

Brown Thrasher at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Brown Thrasher

The nearby stream offered sightings of northern cardinals, house sparrows, gray catbirds, American robins, American goldfinches and two rabbits frolicking in the grass.

rabbit in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Rabbit

Warblers

I’ve been spotting many yellow-rumped warblers lately. Here are some of my photographs of this warbler from today.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Next is the yellow warbler which is easy to spot because it doesn’t seem to camouflage itself in like-coloured surroundings.

Yellow Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Yellow Warbler

I missed this one while identifying the birds on the computer. I thought it was a yellow warbler until there I heard, “Halt! What was that? Go back!” On closer inspection we realized it was a prairie warbler. Whoops. Note to self, check and double check each of the 2.5 million pictures you bring home.

Prairie Warbler in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Prairie Warbler

The palm warbler is yet another distinct and attractive bird.

Palm Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Palm Warbler

Also present were chestnut-sided warblers, a northern parula, a magnolia warbler and black-and-white warblers.

Chesnut-Sided Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Chesnut-Sided Warbler

Northern Parula at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Black-and-White Warbler (inspecting a spider’s web)

This northern cardinal posed for some artistic photographs.

Male Scarlet Tanager

I was walking along facing the general vicinity of yet another cardinal just ahead when it became clear that it was not a cardinal and I was like ooooooooooooooh, no really, steady your nerves, steady your nerves, steady your nerves, breathe in, please nobody walk by, please nobody walk by, please nobody walk by to scare this magnificent scarlet tanager.

Scarlet Tanager, Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager at Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager in Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, ON

Scarlet Tanager

Who knew that this park so populated with soccer fields, bikes, skateboards, joggers and cyclists would offer such a bounty!

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