Mini Recap and Year-End Visit to Hendrie Valley

But for encounters with Black-capped Chickadees at Hendrie Valley I would have never worn through three pairs of shoes, waited four hours for a yellow-crowned night heron to appear at Colonel Sam Smith Park, learned to appreciate midges, achieved a species tally of 172, etc. It’s all been a marvelous, rewarding, learning experience.

Looking back over the past year I count this epic battle between two cowbirds on Ward’s Island as one of my most memorable.

Male Brown-Headed Cowbirds Fighting on Ward's Island in Toronto

Male Brown-Headed Cowbirds Fighting

This belted kingfisher’s appearance at LaSalle Marina had me dancing for days.

Belted Kingfisher (Female) on a branch at Lasalle Park Burlington Ontario

Belted Kingfisher (Female)

In terms of posture, this green heron at Hendrie Valley.

Elegant green heron at Hendrie Park, Burlington, ON

Elegant green heron

Leaving memory lane, more recently I spent some time at Hendrie over the Christmas holidays. No teeth here, lots of tongues!

American robin at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

American robin

Red-bellied woodpecker at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Red-bellied woodpecker

Downy woodpecker at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Downy woodpecker

It’s always neat to capture and observe birds searching for and finding sustenance.

Brown creeper at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Brown creeper

Cedar waxwing at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Cedar waxwing

Red-breasted nuthatch in Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Red-breasted nuthatch

Red-breasted nuthatch at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Red-breasted nuthatch

Downy woodpecker foraging at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Downy woodpecker

At times you can capture them resting or waiting a turn to feast on the seeds left by park visitors.

Blue jay and Red-bellied woodpecker at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Blue jay and Red-bellied woodpecker

American tree sparrow at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

American tree sparrow

White-throated sparrow at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

White-throated sparrow

White-breasted nuthatch at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

White-breasted nuthatch

Or taking a winter bath:

Northern Cardinal takes a bath at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Northern Cardinal takes a bath

Or soaring above:

Red-tailed hawk at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Red-tailed hawk

And once in a while you find yourself part of a rescue team.  I thought this American goldfinch was dead until it moved a bit.

Entangled American goldfinch at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario

Entangled American goldfinch

I have no experience handling birds. Fortunately, two photographers visiting from Fort Erie were in close proximity. While they were keen on photographing raptors and owls  they gladly headed over to determine if they could assist. One gent used a cloth bag to gently extricate the bird from the briars. The goldfinch flew off, seeming no worse for wear.

Speaking of goldfinches, doesn’t this pose remind you of Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball?

American goldfinch at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

American goldfinch

 

After catching sight of two muskrats, I left the park singing, “Muskrat Love”!

Muskrat at Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario in the winter

Muskrat

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