Hendrie (x3) + Ribfest

Really wanted to attend OFO’s trip to the Toronto Islands on Saturday but I know my limit and try to bird within my heat and humidity tolerance. Hendrie Valley is my preferred spot when I can only dedicate a few hours. The birding here ranges anywhere from the easy (blackbirds, chickadees, etc.) to the secretive (cuckoo) to the challenging (wrens and warblers) to the magnificent (raptors).

I was at Hendrie on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. On Thursday there were shovelers and the thrush, the cuckoo and the grosbeak on Saturday and the kestrel today (Monday).

Osprey

Osprey

Northern Shovelers (on the left)

Northern Shovelers (on the left)

 Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal (query mites)

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Green Heron

Green Heron

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Eastern Wood Pewee

Eastern Wood Pewee

Common Yellowthroat (female)

Common Yellowthroat (female)

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Wilson's Warbler (female)

Wilson’s Warbler (female)

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk and an American Redstart were seen today.  A fellow birder found a Nashville Warbler.  Killdeer were heard but not seen.

Oh, on Friday I did some birding at Ribfest (Spencer Smith Park). I’m really pleased with the photographs of the Ring-billed Gulls!

Birding at Ribfest

Birding at Ribfest

LOL!!! I’ll ‘fess up. The gulls were an afterthought! Ah, confession is good for the soul!

Pistol Pete's (Ribfest 2015)

Pistol Pete’s (Ribfest 2015)

Money shot!!

Money shot!!

Jack on the Bone (Ribfest 2015)

Jack on the Bone (Ribfest 2015)

Viewing the world from a rack of ribs

Viewing the world from a rack of ribs

Camp 31 (Ribfest 2015)

Camp 31 (Ribfest 2015)

Boss Hog's

Boss Hog’s

Sticky Fingers (Ribfest 2015)

Sticky Fingers (Ribfest 2015)

Riiiiiiibs!

Riiiiiiibs!

Yummmm!

Yummmm!

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