Green Herons, Osprey and Parasitism at Hendrie Park

Some time after Monday’s deluge the juvenile green herons moved elsewhere. Earlier that morning I managed to get a few extra photographs.

Green Heron yawning at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Yawn

Green Heron stretching at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Oooo, what’s that?

While taking those pictures the unmistakable call of a northern flicker heard in the distance led to the discovery of a family of four.

Four Northern flickers at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Four Northern flickers

Shortly before noon yesterday we stopped for a late breakfast at Rose Garden (the restaurant across the street from Hendrie). My view faced the park. Prior to the meal’s arrival I witnessed an osprey landing in a tree near the park entrance. Of course when you’re anxious to get going everything seems to take forever. Folks, if I could have force-fed my children I would have. Aaaaaaargh! Fortunately, the osprey remained in the throes of enjoying the fresh catch.

Osprey's delight ripping fish at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Osprey’s delight


Later on we were fortunate to photograph green herons.

Elegant green heron at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Elegant green heron

Green Heron hearing aircraft at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Heron hearing aircraft


While there a member of our group spotted the approach of four osprey. One flew directly over us.

One of four osprey flying over Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

One of four osprey

Osprey with quarter fish at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Osprey with quarter fish

We then stumbled upon a male northern cardinal raising a demanding brown-headed cowbird. We have no words for this series!

Northern Cardinal feeding Brown-Headed Cowbird at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Feed me

Last week while shooting the breeze a fellow birder mentioned Gus and Guidos restaurant located in Brantford, Ontario. We decided to head there after our day at the park.

Greek Island Seafood Pikilia Platter & Gus's Mixed Grill Pikilia Platter from Gus and Guido's in Brantford, ON

Greek Island Seafood Pikilia Platter & Gus’s Mixed Grill Pikilia Platter

The meal, ambiance and service were all excellent. What a way to wrap up a week of dealing with a flooded basement. We did not lose anything of sentimental value. Books are easily replaced. We have much to be thankful for.

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