Now that I’m trying to work in some mid-week birding I’ll be posting on Sundays. This week features a few birds from Hendrie Valley and Sherwood Forest Park. The balance are from Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
Green Herons have returned to Hendrie. Four were spotted during the week.
A nice find was this co-operative Black-throated Green Warbler.
Sherwood Forest Park was where I photographed this Brown Thrasher. The one at Col. Sam has eluded me thus far.
Sparrows included White-throated, Chipping and White-crowned.
On Friday the 13th I batted my eyelids as I advised my employer that I would be taking a walk on the wild side. It worked! Away I went to Colonel Samuel Smith Park. A great gathering of birders were searching and assisting each other with warblers. I learned those who arrived earlier had flushed an Eastern whip-poor-will. As the bird had not been relocated I spent time photographing a number of birds. Most were found in the area known as the Small Bowl.
As I headed over to the warbler patch I was waved over to join a small group. To my delight, the Eastern Whip-poor-will!
Saturday morning, in the rain, I joined a walk led by Wild Birds Unlimited of Mississauga. Two other birding groups were touring Col. Sam. Surprisingly the birds were concentrated near the creek. The walk was also fruitful in terms of learning the calls, behaviours, and habitat favoured by the various species.
Without further ado, here are a select few of the birds of Colonel Samuel Smith Park:
There’s a lot of avian activity out there. Keep your eyes and ears alert and most of all, enjoy yourself!
P.S. The Mississauga location of Wild Birds Unlimited will be touring Colonel Samuel Smith every Saturday in May. You can call to join the walk or simply show up at 8:00 a.m. at the park and ask to join in. They are lovely folk.