Burlington and Hamilton Walkabout [7 spots]

On Thursday I was itching to leave work to do some birding after a few days of GO train birding. On the northern strip between Bronte and Appleby, I often spot resident Red-tailed Hawks. In the past few weeks I’ve seen a male Northern Harrier, a Snowy Owl, an American Kestrel and more recently, a coyote and two wild Turkeys.

I thoroughly enjoy being out and about. Walking along the beach is always fun. While enjoying the fresh air I sometimes overhear the airing of grievances. Recently, I overheard, “When I get home I don’t want to hear about all the problems you have had during the day”. I thought to myself – somebody added truth serum to a cup of coffee this morning. Then there are the curious. On Saturday visitors at Spencer Smith Park were admiring the Long-tailed Ducks. If I heard, “I wonder what they are?” I identified the species. All was going well until I heard a passerby, “Those are, like, really strange looking ducks. I guess they, like, added them here as part of the attraction”.  I had no words.

I’m going to do this observed and photographed style:

Windermere Basin, Van Wagners and Confederation Park, Hamilton last Sunday

Seen: Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, Tree Swallows,  Scaups, Common Terns, Ruddy Ducks, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Common Grackles, House Finch, Killdeer, White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, European Starlings, about 50 Bonaparte’s Gulls, at least 100 Turkey Vultures.

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gulls

Bonaparte’s Gulls

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lasalle Marina, Burlington

Seen: Two Common Loons, American Coot, Hooded Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Double-crested Cormorants, Horned Grebes, Dark-eyed Junco, Belted Kingfisher, Carolina Wren, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallows, etc.

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon, pre-dive

Common Loon, pre-dive

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Singing Carolina Wren

Singing Carolina Wren

Kerncliff Park, Burlington

Seen: Eastern Towhee singing, curious Turkey Vultures, Song Sparrows, Northern Flicker, Killdeer, Painted Turtles and Louisiana Watersnakes and a drone.

Mating snakes aka breeding pit

Mating snakes aka breeding pit

Mating Louisiana water snakes

Mating Louisiana water snakes

Louisiana water snake

Louisiana water snake

Drone

Drone

Hendrie Valley Park, Burlington

Seen: Osprey, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Northern Shoveler, Osprey, three Belted Kingfishers, Northern Flicker, Mute Swans, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds (lots), Common Grackles, Northern Cardinals, Hooded Merganser, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chicadees, Downy Woodpeckers, Tree Swallows, Painted Turtles, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawk, American Goldfinch, etc.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Male Hooded Merganser

Male Hooded Merganser

Male Hooded Merganser

Male Hooded Merganser

Eleven Painted Turtles on a log

Eleven Painted Turtles on a log

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

CCIW, Burlington

Seen: Double-crested Cormorants, Ring-billed Gulls, Gadwalls, Horned Grebes, Caspian Terns.

Caspian Terns

Caspian Terns

Lift Bridge Canal, Burlington

Seen: Rock Pigeons, Northern Flicker, Ring-billed Gulls, and a small number of Long-tailed Ducks.

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Burlington Beach

Seen: Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards and homo sapiens and their pets enjoying the sunny day!

Ring-billed Gull relaxing on the Burlington Beach

Ring-billed Gull relaxing on Burlington Beach

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

Carter at Burlington Beach

Carter at Burlington Beach

Carter returns with stick

Carter returns with stick

Enjoying the water

Enjoying the water

 

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2 thoughts on “Burlington and Hamilton Walkabout [7 spots]

  1. Really enjoy your blog and the pics you post. I have only recently started photographing birds and find your site to be a wonderful resource. Thanks so much.

    • Welcome to the world of birding, John. Thank you for your kindness. FYI, the Hamilton Birders Google Group is the local resource for sightings within a 25 km radius of Hamilton. They also assist with identifying birds, etc. Happy birding!

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