Took a vacation day on Friday to spend time at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Perfect weather, great company, lovely birds.
On Saturday I enjoyed OFO’s outing to the Toronto Islands. As most of the birds were very high in the tree canopy I developed a temporary case of warbler neck. Early during the trek we received word that a Kentucky Warbler was present at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. A few members abandoned the trip to see the warbler. Some of our group headed over at the end of our trip. I was too tired to join them. Here are a few birds I was able to see.
I swore to myself that in honour of Mother’s Day I was going to stay home today. Well, that was until I read, “For those interested or who may have missed it yesterday, the Kentucky Warbler is still present and showing well this morning at Col. Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke. The bird continues to work the creek bank south of the bridge and just east of the pumphouse“. One benefit of familiarizing yourself with a hotspot is once word of a rarity or notable species gets out, you know exactly where to see the bird. Within five minutes of arriving at the park we were observing the Kentucky Warbler. My daughter accompanied me on the trip. Had a fab time birding with her.
During our short walkabout we observed the following:
Don’t forget the spring bird festival will be held at Colonel Sam on May 23, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hourly bird walks will start at 9:00 a.m. The whimbrel watch will also be well underway. Great outing for the entire family. Click here for more details: If you can’t make it then, the Toronto Ornithological Club will host a bird walk the following day, May 24, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. until noon.