Juvenile Mockingbirds, Virginia Rail and a Red Squirrel

I finally spotted two of the three juvenile Northern Mockingbirds observed in the vicinity of Van Wagner’s Beach.  The elder mockingbird was quiet and somewhat aloof.  I watched it catch an insect mid-air.

Juvenile Northern Mockingbird

Juvenile Northern Mockingbird

The younger mockingbird dozed off and on, infrequently and half-heartedly communicating the desire to be fed.

fledgling Northern Mockingbird

fledgling Northern Mockingbird

Sleeping fledgling Northern Mockingbird

Sleeping fledgling Northern Mockingbird

The instant the elder sibling returned with the insect, the younger one became rather animated!

Begging fledgling Norther Animated begging

They ultimately flew down behind the fence thus obscuring my view of a food transfer, if any.

Saturday, 22 August was a bit cool in the morning.  I believe the temperature was 15 degrees Celcius when I arrived at Hendrie Valley.  While waiting for the temperature to rise I hunted for and found the Virginia Rail my children found here mid-week.  Rails are notoriously skulky.  They had the better view of it and I was happy with my view of it.

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Once the temperatures increased, the insects and insectivores appeared.  Along the boardwalk there were a few warblers, specifically,  Chestnut-sided, American Redstart, Tennessee and Magnolia.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Tennesee Warbler

Tennesee Warbler

American Redstart

American Redstart

A good number of Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were busily gleaning trees and shrubs.  Unexpectedly, this juvenile landed on the rail.

juvenile Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on boardwalk rail

fledgling Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on boardwalk rail

The two fledgling Carolina Wrens were noisily foraging the trees along the boardwalk.  I heard two adults in separate locations at the west end of the park.

fledgling Carolina Wren

fledgling Carolina Wren

fledgling Carolina Wren

fledgling Carolina Wren

This female Ruby-throated Hummingbird rested for a minute or so nearby.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

This adult and fledgling Chipping Sparrow duo were a treat to observe.

adult and fledgling Chipping Sparrows on a branch

adult and fledgling Chipping Sparrows on a branch

Adult and fledgling Chipping Sparrows

Adult and fledgling Chipping Sparrows

As I entered the Grindstone area I observed an adult Bald Eagle heading south to a row of trees.  I’d say there were six or seven photographers photographing the raptors.  One was a visitor from Whitby.  We turned to observe four Osprey (two with partially consumed fish) with a juvenile Bald Eagle following behind.  The eagle was unable to nick the fishes from the Osprey.

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

From what I understand the Osprey will migrate some time during the first two weeks of September.  There’s still ample opportunity to view and photograph these magnificent birds.

Osprey

Osprey

Coincidentally, on the train ride home this afternoon I read an informative and encouraging piece in Sunday’s New York Times, titled, “Ospreys: The Bird of Summer“.

Back to Hendrie, all three herons were present (Green, Black-crowned, Great Blue).  They move around quite a bit.

Black-crowned Night-Heron in flight

Black-crowned Night-Heron in flight

Haven’t seen a red squirrel for a while.  Found this one on Sunday.  There ought to be an Aesop’s fable composed about this aggressively little species.  Someone left seeds on the trail for the birds and chipmunks.  Well, Little Red, wanted it all.  When a Blue Jay came in for a landing Little Red chased away the bird.  On the ground he chased one chipmunk far into the undergrowth.  On its return it chased a second chipmunk up the hillside.  Little Red failed to realized that his extended chases afforded other creatures ample opportunity to consume what he expended such great effort to guard.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

The highlight of my Saturday afternoon was the sight of a couple luxury vehicles parked at the Waterfront Hotel (formerly Travelodge Hotel).  These and other cars were showcased at the Marques d’Elegance Luxury Supercar Weekend held at Paletta Mansion, in Burlington.

Luxury vehicles

Ferrari

Ferrari

 

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