Killdeer Chicks, Osprey and a Fab Maple Meringue Tart

Lasalle Marina/Park

Fishing and boating season are well underway at Lasalle Marina. Baltimore Orioles, vireos, chickadees, robins, crows, swans, waxwings, geese, ducks, flickers, redstarts, sparrows, swallows, et al. nest here.

Warbling vireo

Warbling vireo

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Male Mallard

Male Mallard

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

A notable find was this Common Merganser. It is thriving, despite the injury.

Common Merganser

The resident Carolina Wren gave quite the performance, singing almost non-stop for 30 minutes. I was in the parking lot when I initially heard him. I ultimately the wren behind the boat club house. He made quick work of his meal prior to resuming his solo.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren with caterpillar

Carolina Wren with caterpillar

Courtcliffe Park, Waterdown

Tree Swallows presently outnumber the Eastern Bluebirds. Only one pair was observed at the nest boxes.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

We spent an hour or so walking the trail, noting the habit and its other residents:

Jumping spider (species unknown)

Jumping spider (species unknown)

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

GO Station

On Friday I received a message at work that four Killdeer chicks were observed at the GO station. After work I found all four foraging on the grass. So as not to disturb them the photographs were taken from inside the hub.

Third born of four Killdeer chicks

Third born of four Killdeer chicks

The tiniest of the Killdeer chicks

The tiniest of the Killdeer chicks

Too cute for words

Too cute for words

On Saturday morning the family were touring the grass to the west of the hub. The tiniest one, unfortunately, elected to walk along the road. The poor little dear was half the height of the curb.  When its parent sounded the alarm the chick ran for cover.

Tiniest Killdeer chick shelders under parent

Tiniest Killdeer chick shelters under parent

Hendrie Valley

My weekend plans to tour a private property in Fort Erie were quashed by the weather forecast, namely, 90% probability of rain. As I entered Hendrie on Friday evening with my gear I was told an Osprey was situate to the left of the boardwalk. Zoooom!

Osprey with catch

Osprey with catch

Look deep into my eyes

Look deep into my eyes

The Osprey was present for more than an hour allowing fantastic views for all who entered the park. I later observed its departure.

Osprey departing with catch

Osprey departing with catch

Whereas last week the Blue Jays were attending to their young well out of view, this week at least four juvenile Blue Jays were nosily seeking the attention of and handouts from park visitors.

Juvenile Blue Jay

Juvenile Blue Jay

Curious Juvenile Blue Jay

Curious Juvenile Blue Jay

Close up of Juvenile Blue Jay

Close up of Juvenile Blue Jay

The House Wrens have vacated their nest. I found them on Saturday on the eastern portion of the park. Mosquito ambush prevented me from getting more than two or three photographs. Time to bring out the Off!

I managed to photograph the female Wood Duck without her brood.

Female Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

Three Eastern Phoebes were observed busily capturing insects.

Juvenile Eastern Phoebe with insect

Juvenile Eastern Phoebe with insect

Eastern Phoebe with insect

Eastern Phoebe with insect

Adult Eastern Phoebe resting on reed

Adult Eastern Phoebe resting on reed

Adult Eastern Phoebe

Adult Eastern Phoebe

I could always hear but not see the Eastern Wood-Pewees in the park. This one made a brief appearance near the boardwalk.

Eastern Wood-pewee

Eastern Wood-pewee

I can now confirm there are five fledgling juvenile Green Herons. How they have grown!

Four of five fledgling Green Herons (two are obscured to the left)

Four of five fledgling Green Herons (two are obscured to the left)

Flegling number five

Fledgling number five

A nice evening jewel was a solitary Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This dad was observed gathering and feeding his young.

Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

I managed to get one photograph with the slightly visible nestling.

Woodpecker greeted by nestling

Woodpecker greeted by nestling

A sweet find on Saturday morning, and a first such observation for me, was a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Adult and juvenile Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Adult and juvenile Red-bellied Woodpeckers

A squabble ensued after the youngster ventured near the Downy Woodpecker’s nesting cavity.

Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker responding to Downy Woodpecker

Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker responding to Downy Woodpecker

I left Hendrie just as the rain started.

My last stop was Denningers for some comfort food. He had the chicken cordon blue with all the fixings. I was still somewhat full from breakfast. A small order of scalloped potatoes did the trick…that was until I took a look at the pastry counter. Two bites into this delicious, light, amazing maple meringue tart I thought what a perfect way to kick off Canada Day celebrations!

Maple Meringue Tart

Maple Meringue Tart

 

 

 

 

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