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:
When I was through I took in a few minutes of an Australian football game at the park.
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.
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.
As I entered the footpath along the fence line I found two rather chummy hummingbirds.
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.
Section 3 – Along the Marsh
Well, it appears the pair of Common Yellowthroats have had young.
House Wrens and Warbling Vireos are still around.
What I thought was the song of one Carolina Wren turned out to be two juveniles enjoying their duet.
This hummingbird was rather active.
Lots of catbirds were around.
Section 4 – Grindstone
I captured this Osprey’s attempt to snag a catfish.
Moments later the Osprey successfully caught a fish on the opposite pond.