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.
A notable find was this Common Merganser. It is thriving, despite the injury.
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.
Courtcliffe Park, Waterdown
Tree Swallows presently outnumber the Eastern Bluebirds. Only one pair was observed at the nest boxes.
We spent an hour or so walking the trail, noting the habit and its other residents:
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.
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.
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!
The Osprey was present for more than an hour allowing fantastic views for all who entered the park. I later observed its departure.
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.
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.
Three Eastern Phoebes were observed busily capturing insects.
I could always hear but not see the Eastern Wood-Pewees in the park. This one made a brief appearance near the boardwalk.
I can now confirm there are five fledgling juvenile Green Herons. How they have grown!
A nice evening jewel was a solitary Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
This dad was observed gathering and feeding his young.
I managed to get one photograph with the slightly visible nestling.
A sweet find on Saturday morning, and a first such observation for me, was a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker.
A squabble ensued after the youngster ventured near the Downy Woodpecker’s nesting cavity.
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!