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.
I heard some rustling down below. I tip-toed quietly and found this foraging 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.
I’ve been spotting many yellow-rumped warblers lately. Here are some of my photographs of this warbler from today.
Next is the yellow warbler which is easy to spot because it doesn’t seem to camouflage itself in like-coloured surroundings.
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.
The palm warbler is yet another distinct and attractive bird.
Also present were chestnut-sided warblers, a northern parula, a magnolia warbler and black-and-white warblers.
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.
Who knew that this park so populated with soccer fields, bikes, skateboards, joggers and cyclists would offer such a bounty!