Burlington Walkabout

Over the past week or so I did a walkabout.  Here are some of the highlights:

Lasalle Marina

Lasalle Marina is my newfound local early morning spot.

Sunrise at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Sunrise at Lasalle Marina

The luxury yacht has moved on after a one month stay. The tongue-wagging while it was present was entertaining. “Did ya hear…you see that house over there…at night the parties…think about the yacht whenever you buy a Tim Horton’s coffee”.

Notable sightings included three green herons, three bald eagles and a juvenile Cooper’s hawk. I suspect the herons nipped over from Hendrie for a visit.   The bald eagles flew by just as I was photographing cormorants. It was hard to listen to the din the songbirds made as the hawk tried valiantly to make a selection. The tailless squirrel appeared to be thriving.

Green Heron in a tree at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Green Heron

Green Heron at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Green Heron

Adult Bald Eagle at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Adult Bald Eagle

Cooper's Hawk at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Cooper’s Hawk

Tailless squirrel at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Tailless squirrel

McMaster University students are studying the behaviour and population of the gobi, an invasive species. With corn kernels serving as bait, on a good day up to 90 gobi can be caught.

McMaster University gobi study at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

McMaster University gobi study

Burlington Lift Bridge

While the peregrine reigned supreme at the lift bridge, the pigeons were hypervigilant.

Peregrine Falcon at the Lift Bridge in Burlington, ON

Peregrine falcon @ Lift Bridge

Eastport Drive

The number of double-crested cormorants at the colony along Eastport Drive is declining as the migration begins. These black-crowned night heron nestlings were a surprise find.

Double-Crested Cormorant @ Eastport Drive in Hamilton, ON

Double crested cormorant @ Eastport Drive

Black-Crowned Hight-Heron nestlings at Easport Drive by the skyway in Hamilton, ON

Black-Crowned Hight-Heron nestlings

Canadian Centre for Inland Waters

Similarly, the double-crested cormorant population has declined at the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters. One island is completely deserted. I couldn’t get a better look at the second island because the path was overgrown.

Double-Crested Cormorant colony at the Canadian Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON

Double-Crested Cormorant colony @ CCIW

Double-Crested Cormorant colony at the Canadian Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON

Double crested cormorant colony @ CCIW

Hendrie Park

At Hendrie, there was a gathering of cedar waxwings.

Cedar Waxwings at Hendrie Park in Burlington, ON

Cedar Waxwings

A blanding’s turtle, an at risk species, popped out for a bit of sun.

Blanding's turtle at Hendrie Park in Burlington, ON

Blanding’s turtle @ Hendrie Park

Van Wagner’s Beach

Van Wagner’s Beach is technically Hamilton. Ring-billed and herring gulls dot the beach. The sanderling was found near the lift bridge. I was pleasantly surprised when this long-tailed duck came ashore.

Long-Tailed Duck at Van Wagner's Beach in Hamilton, ON

Long-Tailed Duck @ Van Wagner’s Beach

Ring-Billed Gull at Van Wagner's Beach in Hamilton, ON

Ring-Billed Gull

Juvenile Sanderling at Beach Road in Hamilton, ON

Juvenile Sanderling

Beach Road

Walking along the beach en route to Spencer Smith Park, I took the following photographs:

Spencer Smith Park

And finally, at Spencer Smith Park the annual Ribfest was in full swing!

Riiiiiiiiiiiibs! at the Ribfest in Burlington, ON

Riiiiiiiiiiiibs!

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