Birding + American Mink At Lasalle Marina, Burlington

Lasalle Marina is a charming, quiet spot offering (1) lovely views of the Burlington Skyway as well as (2) the contrast of stately homes dotting the water’s edge versus the industrial plants and commercial activity on the opposite shore versus the pleasure crafts.

Note, if you chose to fish from the dock, a crafty cormorant may appear hoping to nick your catch.

At Lasalle Baltimore orioles, eastern kingbirds, spotted sandpipers, starlings, and gray catbirds are seen in good numbers. The full gamut of avian activity is easily observed:

(a) begging,

(b) feeding and caring for young,

Warbling Vireo and young at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Warbling Vireo and young

(c) moulting,

Moulting Red-Winged Blackbird at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Moulting Red-Winged Blackbird

(d) rustling up some grub,

Baltimore Oriole Snags an Insect at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Baltimore Oriole Snags an Insect

Osprey on the hunt at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Osprey on the hunt

Osprey heads west with catch at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Osprey heads west with catch

(e) protecting territory,

Eastern kingbird chasing Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Eastern kingbird chasing Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron

(f) resting.

Family of Eastern Kingbirds at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Family of Eastern Kingbirds

The marina held three surprises – a ruby-throated hummingbird and a domestic mallard.

Thirdly, an American mink! As I awaited the return of a spotted sandpiper an American mink searched the shoreline for breakfast. Further along two young mink were alternating play with attempts to dislodge a fish from the water.

Romping American Mink at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Romping American Mink

Later, this industrious mink managed to dislodge the mallard from its final resting place.

American Mink at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

American Mink

Like birds I am always flitting about. I don’t sit for too long. Lasalle, via its calming views, ensured I took the time to sit and recharge.

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