January 16, 2016
On Friday night I learned the forecast was for yet another overcast weekend. As I couldn’t face yet another gloomy day, plans for birding along the lakeshore were shelved in favour of a trip to Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls. Thereafter, I trawled the internet for a bit, noting a Snow Goose was reported in Fort Erie.
Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls
Love this spot. In my early days with the camera, on my first visit, I took 3,111 photographs! Those were the crazy days. Below are a few photographs from this visit. Not to worry, my photo count was substantially less.
Dufferin Islands to Fort Erie
Duly satisfied we stopped briefly at Dufferin Islands. Totally my fault. I forgot my boots at work on Friday and I was not about to traverse the muck in my backup boots. We therefore birded from the car.
Hundreds, if not, thousands of gulls, like this one were foraging on the Niagara River.
Along the route to Fort Erie we stopped to admire a small flock of American Robins.
We had no problem detecting the solitary Snow Goose at Point Abino Bay in Fort Erie.
As we cruised from there a Cooper’s Hawk landed in a tree on the passenger side of the vehicle.
January 17, 2016
A Snowy Owl was spotted at Windermere Basin on Saturday afternoon. Thought I’d try my luck on Sunday morning with the bridge camera. No luck but I did spot a lingering Great Blue Heron. Some time was spent observing two Great Black-backed Gulls. While Buffleheads would not venture near the Gulls, Common Mergansers and Green-winged Teals exhibited no fear.
Spencer Smith Park
What a difference a week makes! The Ruddy Ducks were paddling quietly along, bobbing on the water, untucking their heads every now and then for a bit of grooming.
Next stop – watching the NFL playoffs!