Eastern Whip-poor-Will and company

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.

Green Heron

Green Heron

A nice find was this co-operative Black-throated Green Warbler.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler singing

Black-throated Green Warbler singing

Sherwood Forest Park was where I photographed this Brown Thrasher.  The one at Col. Sam has eluded me thus far.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Sparrows included White-throated, Chipping and White-crowned.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

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!

Whip-poor-will

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:

Yellow-rumped warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

Veery

Veery

Scarlet Tanager (female)

Scarlet Tanager (female)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Red-necked Grebe with four eggs

Red-necked Grebe with four eggs

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Northern Parula (female)

Northern Parula (female)

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Bluebird (male)

Eastern Bluebird (male)

Common Yellowthroat (male)

Common Yellowthroat (male)

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Common Tern

Common Tern

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest

Black-throated Green Warbler at Col. Sam

Black-throated Green Warbler at Col. Sam

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

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.

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2 thoughts on “Eastern Whip-poor-Will and company

    • Thank you much.

      It’s the No 3 birding hotspot in Toronto. See info in current post re: Spring Bird Festival on May 28th. It’s a great opportunity to learn the lay of the land.

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