Colonel Sam Smith Park – Victoria Day Weekend

I’ve spent part of the past two weekends at Colonel Sam Smith Park, in Toronto.

On the Friday of the Victoria Day weekend, in order to get a good representation of the warblers, it was necessary to enter the brush, the muck, the multitude of midges, etc.  This is a huge deal for me as in my pre-birding life the only outdoor trek I enjoyed was the walk from the car to the mall entrance.

I photographed a record daily high for me of 12 new species!

American Redstart (Male) at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

American Redstart (Male)

American Redstart (Female) at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

American Redstart (Immature Male)

Bay-breasted Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Black-And-White Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Black-And-White Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Blackburnian Warbler

Canada Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Canada Warbler

Cape May Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Cape May Warbler

Chestnut-Sided Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Tennessee Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Tennessee Warbler

White-Crowned Sparrow at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

White-Crowned Sparrow

Magnolia Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Magnolia Warbler

Northern Parula at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Northern Parula

Yellow-Rumped Warbler at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Black-Throated Blue Warbler (Female) at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Black-Throated Blue Warbler (Female)

I made another trip on  Saturday.  Within 20 minutes of arrival my camera conked out on me. The screen read “Error 99”.  I returned home, not too devastated, because I had such a good day on Friday.  After a stop at my local camera shop (the camera needs professional repair), I borrowed another camera and tried to make the best of a visit to Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington.  There wasn’t much around but I did manage to photograph a blackburnian warbler.

As they say, all’s well that ends well.

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2 thoughts on “Colonel Sam Smith Park – Victoria Day Weekend

  1. Wow, 12 new species, congratulations! Definitely an amazing day of birding for you. Wonderful photos of the various species. I have never been to Colonel Sam Smith Park, but it is on my list of birding destinations.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was truly an amazing experience. If you do make the trip, per advice of local birders, it’s worthwhile incorporating a stop at the Leslie Street Spit, particularly the marsh area.

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