Birding leads to two coyote encounters

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.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

This rabbit was spotted on the route to the boardwalk.

Rabbit

Rabbit

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.

Excellent camouflage

Excellent camouflage

Coyote

Coyote

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.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Common Loon

Common Loon

Next was Hendrie Valley, featuring these species:

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

Male Red-winged Blackbird singing

Male Red-winged Blackbird singing

male Red-winged Blackbird checking if a female in flight finds his song appealing

male Red-winged Blackbird checking if a female in flight finds his song appealing

female Red-winged Blackbird

female Red-winged Blackbird

male Hooded Merganser

male Hooded Merganser

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

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.

Coyote arrives at hidden food stash

Coyote arrives at hidden food stash

Coyote locating stash

Coyote locating stash

Coyote digging for hidden food

Coyote digging for hidden food

Shaking meat from plastic

Shaking meat from plastic

Coyote consuming tenderloin

Coyote consuming tenderloin

Consuming what I believe is tenderloin

Consuming what I believe is tenderloin

Close up picture of coyote

Close up picture of coyote

Scenting area prior to departure

Scenting area prior to departure

Coyote heading home

Coyote heading home

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.

male American Kestrel

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.

male Long-tailed duck (almost summer plumage)

male Long-tailed duck (almost summer plumage)

wounded female Long-tailed Duck (summer plumage)

wounded female Long-tailed Duck (summer plumage)

Can’t wait for the weekend!!

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2 thoughts on “Birding leads to two coyote encounters

  1. Wow! What a treat, the Full Monyt with migrating birds, locals and a well-fed, city-savvy coyote. Thanks for sharing. I follow your adventures from Naples, Forida but will soon return to Long Branch, Toronto and some of your favorite haunts.

    • Thanks so much for comments. Am still smiling. I initially hesitated posting the mating grebes but then thought, it’s life! Wishing you a safe journey home.

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