Following up on last week’s post, a Piping Plover chick hatched at Darlington Provincial Park on Thursday, June 16th, the first to be born on the Canadian shore of Lake Simcoe since 1934! What wonderful news!
Here are a variety of youngsters encountered recently at local haunts, including today, June 19th.
Wood Duck duckling
Ring-billed Gull chick
Ring-billed Gull chick trying to get some rest
Mute Swan cygnets resting in the shade
Exasperated male Cardinal seeks assistance while raising a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. Unfortunately, I had not brought any oiled sunflower seeds to the park.
Female Northern Cardinal foraging and being shadowed by the juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird she is raising with her mate.
A close-up of the hungry brute aka juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird being raised by a pair of Northern Cardinals
Adult and juvenile Blue Jays
Juvenile European Starling foraging alone along the path
Young European Starling alone with no one to look to for guidance
Young Blanding’s Turtle (threatened) at Hendrie Valley Park. “Threatened” means the species lives in the wild in Ontario, is not endangered, but is likely to become endangered if steps are not taken to address factors threatening it. The most significant threats to the Blanding’s Turtle are loss or fragmenting of habitat, motor vehicles, and raccoons and foxes that prey on eggs. Illegal collection for the pet trade is also a serious threat. Blanding’s Turtles are slow breeders – they don’t start to lay eggs until they are in their teens or twenties – so adult deaths of breeding age adults can have major impacts on the species. [Source: Ontario.ca]
Juvenile Canada Goose. The family was inseparable. Am happy the parents have abandoned their hissing.
Barn Swallow and nestling.
Caspian Tern and Ring-billed Gulls with their young
Caspian Tern family at the water’s edge. The youngster was taking a bath.
Adult and juvenile Caspian Terns
Female mallard and her duckling
A trio of Mallard ducklings
Remember this Red-necked Grebe’s nest at Bronte Harbour?
Nesting Red-necked Grebe No. 2 standing allowing for view of eggs
This is what we encountered June 18th. I’ve now read “possibly because of the birds piling on too much material”, per G. Edmonstone.
Only one of the two Killdeer chicks have survived
On a happier note, these are today from the beach strip. This is the from the first of three nests.
Female Baltimore Oriole feeding her nestlings
Male Baltimore oriole feeds his nestlings
The chicks in nest No. 2 remain hidden. These photographs are of nest No. 3.
Baltimore Oriole chick fledged on either June 18 or 19, 2016
Baltimore Oriole fledgling stretches wings
Female Baltimore Oriole and her hungry fledgling
Baltimore Oriole fledgling, mouth agape, begging for food
Male Baltimore Oriole attending to nestling while fledgling sits on branch above
Fledgling Baltimore Oriole asking to be fed