Red-Necked Grebe Chicks + Food Truck Festival

Hendrie Park

June 14/14:  The gorgeously lush Hendrie Park beckons you into its embrace. As of late the park has been quiet. Tipsters advised at this time of year it’s best to start with the creekside trail. Osprey, great blue herons, a green heron, black-crowned night herons, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures and belted kingfishers find some measure of respite here.

Green Heron at Hendrie Park Burlington, ON

Green Heron

Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Hendrie Park Burlington, Ontario

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Presently, snapping turtles are laying eggs. Woodland creatures abound.

Young White-Tailed Deer at Hendrie Park, Burlington, Ontario

Young White-Tailed Deer

Painted Turtles at Hendrie Park, Burlington, Ontario

Painted Turtles

Springridge Farm’s Food Truck Festival

June 15/14:  On Sunday we enjoyed the food truck festival held at Springridge Farms in Milton. A whopping ten food trucks were present. We sampled:

The Sloppy Pete at Springridge Farm's Father's Day Food Truck Festival in Milton, ON.

The Sloppy Pete from Meatball Shoppe food truck

Provolone Steak Sandwich at Springridge Farm's Father's Day Food Truck Festival in Milton, ON.

Provolone Steak Sandwich from Urban Express food truck

Shhhh! We also had a Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwich at Urban Express.  By the time I remembered to take a photograph it was partially devoured.  Brilliant strategist that I am I suggested we rejoin the queue to purchase the provolone sandwich.  Tee hee!  It was something good!

Colonel Samuel Smith Park: Grebe chicks & Baltimore Oriole nest

We then headed to Colonel Sam to checked on the Baltimore oriole nest and the red-necked grebes.

The oriole was busy flitting back and forth to the nest.

Baltimore Oriole in nest at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Baltimore Oriole in nest

Regarding the grebes, we walked the footpath arc of the marina.

Nest 1: The first set of grebe chicks I photographed a few weeks ago are thriving.

Red-Necked Grebes with chicks at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Red-Necked Grebes with chicks

Red-Necked Grebe chicks at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Red-Necked Grebe chicks

Nest 2: Nearby is a pair of grebes nesting in a tire. I didn’t notice any chicks.

Red-Necked Grebes

Nest 3: Next is the at risk nest. Fortunately, the path to their nest is more overgrown. I didn’t notice any chicks.

Red-Necked Grebe resting on nest at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Red-Necked Grebe

Nest 4: Walking west along the footpath is another set of grebes with a pair of chicks.

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, Ontario

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks

Nest 5: The last couple I spotted situate north of whimbrel point has a pair of chicks.

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Red-Necked Grebe with chicks

It is well worth the trip to observe and photograph the grebes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s