Hits, Misses and a Pumpkin Patch

Sunrise at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Sunrise at Confederation Park

One of my greatest joys is the rouse my chickadee at 6:00 a.m. in order that we can photograph birds together.  The groaning, whining and “you and your confounded sunrise shots; mum, seriously, can’t we go later?” serve only to stoke my glee.  I chuckled to myself when I later noticed the little “grumblin” photographing the sunrise.  Kids!

We  headed to Confederation Park/Van Wagner’s Beach. On our walk along the beach we encountered a lone dunlin.

Dunlin at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Dunlin

Further up the beach, a snow bunting popped out from the rocks!

Snow bunting at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Snow bunting

On the water there were a multitude of white-winged scoters.  I’m sure there were other species within the throng.

Flock of white-winged scoters at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Flock of white-winged scoters

We also noted red-breasted mergansers.

Flock of red-breasted mergansers at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Flock of red-breasted mergansers

Closer to shore, we photographed a great black-backed gull and watched ring-billed gulls frolicking.

Great black-backed gull at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Great black-backed gull

Suddenly I swear that I am looking at (without my glasses) and photographing a long-tailed jaeger.  I did the oh-oh-oh-oh song and I’m tracking the bird and taking photographs.  That was until I heard, “Mum, it’s a seagull flying with a bit of fishing line.”  My turn to groan.

This is not a long-tailed jaeger

We ensured we did not disturb the resident great-blue heron.

Great blue heron at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Great blue heron

The pond further up the beach is home to a group of skittish wood ducks and mallards.

These double-crested cormorants were heading west.

Migrating double-crested cormorants at Confederation Park in Hamilton, ON

Migrating double-crested cormorants

We left the park for cupcakes and tea at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe in Burlington.  Believe it or not these ridiculously delicious cupcakes are gluten-free.

Cupcakes at Kelly's Bake Shoppe

Cupcakes at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

We then headed to Lasalle Marina where we got cruddy pictures of a red-breasted nuthatch and some pine siskins. These birds suddenly appeared and disappeared.

The juvenile black-crowned night heron continues on at the marina.  Last week the bird was at the east end, this week we stumbled on it on the west end.

Juvenile black-crowned night heron at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Juvenile black-crowned night heron

A juvenile bald eagle flew over but I was too enthralled to even get a photograph. These double-crested cormorants were quite happy that they attracted our attention.

Juvenile double-crested cormorants at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Juvenile double-crested cormorants

I really like this picture.

Canadian geese at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Canadian geese

Cruddy pictures and all we photographed three new species in one day, namely, the snow bunting, red-breasted nuthatch and the pine siskins.

Yesterday was a day off birding.  As we wound our way through some back roads in Pelham (Niagara), we came upon the following:

Howells Pumpkin Farm in Pelham, ON

Howells Farm

Howells Farm in Pelham, ON

Howells Farm

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