Here’s the haul from the past week or so gathered from pauses at Sedgewick Park (Oakville), Bronte Marina (Oakville), Lasalle Marina (Burlington), Ward’s Island (Toronto), Colonel Samuel Smith Park (Etobicoke), and Hendrie Valley (Hamilton) with brief blurbs. In alphabetical order:
American Coot – Most photographers like to capture their unique feet.
American Crow – My new bestie!
American Goldfinch – Adding a splash of colour to the morning.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Merrily singing away as it flit from tree to tree.
Blue-winged Teal – Three male, one female. Am hoping they will breed at Hendrie.
Brown Creeper – Lots of them at Colonel Samuel Smith. Almost got impaled by one last week at Lasalle.
Female Brown-head Cowbird – Lurking, awaiting the opportunity to lay an egg in a host nest.
Carolina Wren – Just below the boardwalk at Hendrie Valley.
Common Loon – Last Saturday afternoon this loon’s proximity to the promenade afforded passersby the opportunity to photograph it with cellular phones. I’ll have more next time.
Golden-crowned Kinglet – Love, love, love these little birds.
Great-blue Heron – Sitting on a bench at Hendrie when this heron flew almost directly overhead.
Harlequin Duck – No less than 20 photographers were having a marvy time photographing the harlequin. Swimming less than 5 feet from shore gave everyone great photo ops. A passerby, noting all the attention, felt the duck had become rather vain.
Hermit Thrush – Emerged from the undergrowth.
Long-tailed Ducks – Summer plumage still throws me off.
Marsh Wren (NEW SPECIES) –I was traversing on a narrow mucky footpath at Col. Sam when activity in the reeds caught my attention.
Northern Flicker – I pointed it out the potential nest site to four local birders at Col Sam. They will monitor the site.
Palm Warbler – An early migrant to Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
Red-bellied Woodpecker – Stashing seeds for the future. We can learn much from them.
Red-necked Grebe – Still at least 100 grebes at Colonel Sam.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets – They burst into loud and cheery song.
Turtles – Perfect “appetizer log” for a lucky predator.
White-throated Sparrow – Not at all skulky.
Winter Wren – No trouble finding these presently at Col. Sam.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Photographed at Col. Sam.
Yellow-rumped Warbler – Singing and foraging at Sedgewick.
Bring on the warblers!