Upland Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plovers, Lapland Longspur and others

I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!  I’ll try to condense everything into one post.  Here goes!

Here are a few of the species photographed at Hendrie Valley, Bronte Marina and Colonel Samuel Smith Park:

Rough-winged Swallow

Rough-winged Swallow

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Red-breasted Mergansers

Red-breasted Mergansers

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded merganser at rest

Hooded merganser at rest

Hooded merganser drinking water

Hooded merganser drinking water

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Harlequin Duck associating with Buffleheads

Harlequin Duck associating with Buffleheads

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Common Loon

Common Loon

On April 30th after walking about with a fellow birder at Colonel Sam, we decided to join forces to try for Upland Sandpipers and Lapland Longspurs.  Our first stop was a visit with the Double-crested Cormorants and Ring-billed Gulls on Eastport Drive.

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Then off to Mud Street and South Grimsby Road 15 for the Upland Sandpipers.  They had moved on but I did  photograph one the previous week.

Upland Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper

A meadowlark was in the field but too low to photograph.  This Savannah Sparrow was more compliant.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

We then headed off to 5th Road.  We bailed out of the car when we noticed two birders scoping a field.  Yes!  The Lapland Longspurs!  They were some distance away from the roadway but I did manage a few decent photographs.

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

At another spot on 5th Road we found Lesser Yellowlegs.

Quartet of Lesser Yellowlegs

Quartet of Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowleg foraging in field

Lesser Yellowleg foraging in field

This week we saw one Wilson’s Snipe.  Last week we had two.

Two Wilson's Snipe

Two Wilson’s Snipe

Soon we were joined by three birders.   As we all studied the birds, suddenly five Black-bellied Plovers emerged from the shrubs.  We rejoiced and high-fived each other!

three Black-bellied Plovers

three Black-bellied Plovers

two Black-bellied Plovers

two Black-bellied Plovers

Our last stop was the Defasco Trail on 10th Road.  It was pretty quiet here but we did see a Common Raven, a Northern Mockingbird, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Savannah Sparrow.

On Sunday May 1st I tried for the Worm-eating Warbler observed the previous day at Edgelake Park.  A small group of birders were present.  Despite fanning out we did not relocate the bird.  While there I eyeballed the following:

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Yellow warbler

Yellow warbler

Heeding the call I ventured over to CCIW yesterday.  It is, as you can see, a hub of activity.  And that’s an understatement.

Partial view of Cormorant, Gull, Tern, Night Heron colony at CCIW

Partial view of Cormorant, Gull, Tern, Night Heron colony at CCIW

Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants

Caspian Terns

Caspian Terns

two Black-crowned Night Herons roosting in a tree

two Black-crowned Night Herons roosting in a tree

Partial view of the multitude

Partial view of the multitude

I leave you with an image of a Killdeer from this afternoon’s walk at Van Wagner’s Beach.

Killdeer

Killdeer

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