Over the past week or so I did a walkabout. Here are some of the highlights:
Lasalle Marina is my newfound local early morning spot.
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.
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.
Burlington Lift Bridge
While the peregrine reigned supreme at the lift bridge, the pigeons were hypervigilant.
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.
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.
At Hendrie, there was a gathering of cedar waxwings.
A blanding’s turtle, an at risk species, popped out for a bit of sun.
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.
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!