Dufferin Islands, Niagara Falls on March 5th
The birds (Tufted Titmouse, House Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker) were hungry. What could we do but feed them with what little we had to offer!
As we toured along the Niagara River we encountered a small flock of Tundra Swans.
I popped by yesterday. Almost all the waterfowl have departed. I’m glad I caught this chap before he left.
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington
Twice last week and even yesterday, I had no trouble finding Tundra Swans.
Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke
I cartwheeled (well, not really) into Colonel Samuel Smith Park last Saturday. What a mighty chorus! Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Song Sparrows, American Robins, and Red-necked Grebes were all in full voice.
Next stop was the marina.
I took a look at what I thought was a rather small duck. Oooo, the Harlequin Duck!
I hung around for a while waiting to alert other birders. One birder I met informed me this was likely the same duck I had seen at Humber Bay Park West. She told me the Harlequin was smitten with one of the Redheads and that she had seen it trying to do the ‘wild thing’ with a Redhead.
Later on three of us were viewing the bird. One of the chaps was from up north (North Bay or Owen Sound, can’t remember), the other was an octogenarian. What a thrill it was to meet both. A bit later on we heard and observed two large groups of Tundra Swans heading in a westerly direction.
A lone Horned Grebe was also enjoying the day at the marina.
Humber Bay Park East, Toronto
Now that I had the Harlequin in hand, I rethought my planned visit to Humber Bay Park. I decided to go anyway. Happy I did as I had even better views of a pair of Red-necked Grebes and Common Grackles.
Nice to see a red squirrel.
Bronte Provincial Park Campground, Oakville
Everyone told us we were pretty much guaranteed to find owls here. No luck for us. No regrets. Got an eyeful of this somewhat large Northern Mockingbird.
Lasalle Marina, Burlington
As most of the waterfowl have moved on, I took the opportunity to get up close and personal with a domestic duck and an American Coot.
Two small flocks of Tundra Swans flew by heading to their breeding grounds.
Hendrie Valley, Burlington
It was Hendrie Valley’s turn on Sunday morning. The park remains very bird rich. Lots of American Tree Sparrows.
Downy Woodpeckers were chasing each other all along the boardwalk. Spotted my first chipmunk of the season.
At the west end a Turkey Vulture glided slow and low.
I had seconds to zoom in on these two.
Even more exciting days ahead as the migrant birds return for the summer!