Saturday, April 9, 2016, was, in a word, memorable. I opted to visit Lasalle Marina (Burlington) instead of making the trek to Toronto. I considered this co-operative Pied-billed Grebe a reward for the decision to bird locally.
This rabbit was spotted on the route to the boardwalk.
Once on the boardwalk the avian chorus was deafening. The American Crows were particularly loud. Looking up, the source of their concern was walking the upper trail.
A wee bit spooked I left the boardwalk. Good decision, otherwise I would not have encountered two Eastern Phoebes or this Common Loon. The loon headed west after a pair of joggers ran by.
Next was Hendrie Valley, featuring these species:
As my camera battery was dying, I headed to Tamp coffee shop on Pine Street (Burlington) to charge the battery, grab a coffee and lunch. About an hour later, around 3:00 p.m., I decided to hop on a bus at the Burlington bus terminal (John Street) for either the Lift Bridge or Windermere and perhaps walk back, to get some exercise. While waiting to depart a coyote sauntered across John Street. I ran off the bus with my camera and happily snapped the photographs that follow. It appears this female coyote returned to claim a wrapped tenderloin she deposited behind Scriveners (Brant Street) and the bus terminal. No one harrassed or approached her. She walked by everyone calmly, including a chatterbox on a cellphone, and was at no point menacing. She simply ate and left.
I hopped back on the bus and away I went to Windermere Canal. Lots of birds around but I was only interested in this male American Kestrel.
What a day!
On Sunday I checked in on the Long-tailed Ducks on the lake behind the Waterfront Hotel. You will note the change of plumage.
Can’t wait for the weekend!!