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.
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.
Kerncliff Park, Burlington
Seen: Eastern Towhee singing, curious Turkey Vultures, Song Sparrows, Northern Flicker, Killdeer, Painted Turtles and Louisiana Watersnakes and a 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.
Seen: Double-crested Cormorants, Ring-billed Gulls, Gadwalls, Horned Grebes, Caspian Terns.
Lift Bridge Canal, Burlington
Seen: Rock Pigeons, Northern Flicker, Ring-billed Gulls, and a small number of Long-tailed Ducks.
Seen: Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards and homo sapiens and their pets enjoying the sunny day!