Colonel Samuel Smith and Hendrie Valley

Bleak forecast and all I headed to Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Toronto on Saturday in a bid to find some of the warblers spotted the previous day. During my sojourn I was happy to meet up with B. (a long-time birder). We chatted about the reported warblers (he hadn’t seen any) and about this summer’s birding at Col. Sam. Last year a Least Bittern and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (both juveniles) attracted birders from all over. He confirmed it had indeed been a quiet summer.

Here are a few of the species I spotted:

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird

Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Female Belted Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

When I was through I took in a few minutes of an Australian football game at the park.

Boys in action

Boys in action

Australian football game

Australian football game

Australian football game

Australian football game

Australian football game

Australian football game

Ontario Aussie football scoreboard

Ontario Aussie football scoreboard

FYI, if you’re birding in the immediate vicinity of these games, keep an eye out (but not really) for lads taking a ‘wee break’.

Sunday morning was similarly overcast with a bit of drizzle. Hendrie Valley was hopping. I only walked the west end of the park.

Section 1 – Cherry Hill Gate to Boardwalk

First up were Chipping Sparrows and a Northern Flicker.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

The second batch of birds were found along the fence line. Warblers were flitting in trees to the left of the fence. The group included two Wilson’s Warblers.

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

As I entered the footpath along the fence line I found two rather chummy hummingbirds.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Section 2 – The Boardwalk

Not even six paces from the entrance to the boardwalk, I looked up to observe a Bald Eagle harassing an Osprey for its fish. Didn’t have time to change the camera settings.

Bald Eagle pursuing Osprey

Bald Eagle pursuing Osprey

Section 3 – Along the Marsh

Well, it appears the pair of Common Yellowthroats have had young.

male Common Yellowthroat in the reeds

male Common Yellowthroat in the reeds

male Common Yellowthroat

male Common Yellowthroat

juvenile Common Yellowthroat

juvenile Common Yellowthroat

House Wrens and Warbling Vireos are still around.

House Wren

House Wren

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

What I thought was the song of one Carolina Wren turned out to be two juveniles enjoying their duet.

Juvenile Carolina Wren

Juvenile Carolina Wren

This hummingbird was rather active.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Lots of catbirds were around.

Gray Catbird silouette

Gray Catbird silouette

Section 4 – Grindstone

I captured this Osprey’s attempt to snag a catfish.

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Moments later the Osprey successfully caught a fish on the opposite pond.

 

 

 

 

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