At Bronte Harbour I trained my lens on Cliff Swallows, a pair of Killdeer chicks and terns.
A pair of Rough-winged Swallows are building a nest in the exhaust of this boat. It’ll be quite the rude awakening when the boat starts up.
On Saturday we made our way to Darlington Provincial Park to visit two Piping Plover nests. The Piping Plover is listed as endangered both federally and provincially and is considered one of North America’s most endangered birds.
The second nest was some distance from the first. During the journey we observed Red-breasted Mergansers, Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer, Yellow Warblers, Black-crowned and Great Blue Herons.
On the return journey as we approached the first nest we heard a melodic sound ahead. Lo, two Piping Plovers were foraging on the beach. We stood still allowing both to freely roam the beach. What an incredible experience!
As we headed to the parking lot we heard the unmistakably rich song of a Marsh Wren.
Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, Warbling Vireos, a House Wren, Cedar Waxwings and an Orchard Oriole were heard and/or observed.
After a stop at the general store on the property for some snacks and pamphlets we hit the highway. A few kilometers on the road we heard the roar of motorcycles. As they passed to our left we noted they were members and probationary members of the Outlaws MC Canada motorcycle club. While their website indicates they are not a gang, other sites say otherwise. Click to view article.
This morning prior to heading out I heard about the snippet of the violence in Florida. The extent of the tragedy had yet to be confirmed. I left home to decompress. I was unfocused. Hendrie was quiet. I wasn’t quite half-way along the boardwalk when I spotted a deer to my left. I motioned to two visitors to have a look. We watched the following unfold.
Next was a visit to the trail just north of the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters. Some of the Caspian Terns have had their young.
A couple of guys were fishing (two fly-fishing) for carp. The more successful of the lads caught this 20 1/2 lb. carp.
Then off to walk the beach strip. The Baltimore Oriole nest I’ve got my eye on is complete. The parents visited the nest separately. I heard the cries of young but am not sure if they were from the oriole nest or a nearby nest. I’ll keep monitoring their activity.
I went off the paved trail to the foot path as I had mid-week when I encountered this female Great-crested Flycatcher.
Today a fledgling Red-winged Blackbird was calling from the shrubs.
This made me smile as did this Ring-billed Gull and chick.