Marsh Wren and Others

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 Coot with leg outstretched

American Coot with leg outstretched

American Crow – My new bestie!

American Crow

American Crow

American Goldfinch – Adding a splash of colour to the morning.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Merrily singing away as it flit from tree to tree.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-winged Teal – Three male, one female.  Am hoping they will breed at Hendrie.

Three males and one female Blue-winged Teal

male Blue-winged Teal

male Blue-winged Teal

Brown Creeper – Lots of them at Colonel Samuel Smith. Almost got impaled by one last week at Lasalle.

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Female Brown-head Cowbird – Lurking, awaiting the opportunity to lay an egg in a host nest.

female Brown-head Cowbird

female Brown-head Cowbird

Carolina Wren – Just below the boardwalk at Hendrie Valley.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

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.

Common Loon

Common Loon

Golden-crowned Kinglet – Love, love, love these little birds.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Great-blue Heron – Sitting on a bench at Hendrie when this heron flew almost directly overhead.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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.

juvenile male Harlequin Duck

juvenile male Harlequin Duck

Hermit Thrush – Emerged from the undergrowth.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Long-tailed Ducks – Summer plumage still throws me off.

female Long-tailed Duck

female Long-tailed Duck

Marsh Wren  (NEW SPECIES) –I was traversing on a narrow mucky footpath at Col. Sam when activity in the reeds caught my attention.

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Northern Flicker –  I pointed it out the potential nest site to four local birders at Col Sam.  They will monitor the site.

Northern Flickers

Northern Flickers

Palm Warbler – An early migrant to Colonel Samuel Smith Park.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Stashing seeds for the future.  We can learn much from them.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-necked Grebe – Still at least 100 grebes at Colonel Sam.

Red-necked Grebes

Red-necked Grebes

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Ruby-crowned Kinglets – They burst into loud and cheery song.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing

Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Turtles –  Perfect “appetizer log” for a lucky predator.

Turtles on a log

Turtles on a log

White-throated Sparrow – Not at all skulky.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Winter Wren – No trouble finding these presently at Col. Sam.

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Photographed at Col. Sam.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-rumped Warbler – Singing and foraging at Sedgewick.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bring on the warblers!

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