During the week I made two trips to the beach strip in Burlington to check on the Baltimore Orioles. All three nests are empty. The fledglings are thriving.
During the last walkabout the begging cries of Warbling Vireo nestlings and fledglings led to the discovery of two nests and this fledgling.
There are quite a number of juveniles along the stretch including Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings, Common Grackles, American Robins and all the other usual suspects.
Still working on capturing Chimney Swifts in flight.
The plight of this Rough-winged Swallow was reported to me by beachgoers. Unfortunately, it was injured and unable to fly.
Saturday, June 25th was the laziest birding outing I’ve ever had at Hendrie Valley. I pretty much spent most of it socializing. Loads of fun! At the entrance of Cherry Hill Gate there were Downy Woodpeckers (adult and juvenile), a Hairy Woodpecker as well as this juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Down the hill and along the boardwalk, Red-winged Blackbirds were observed harassing a pair of Belted Kingfishers. Onward to the area known as Valley Inn. I hung out with the raptor photographers chatting about everything from Brexit to soccer as we awaited the arrival of Osprey. In the interim we photographed visitors to the nearby mulberry bush.
A family of geese appeared.
Finally, an Osprey appeared.
Later I joined the train spotters at the bridge near Laking Gardens. Among the group were two visiting American train spotters/photographers. I learned quite a bit about trains in the hour plus I spent with the group and tried my hand at a few photographs. I left with the thought – there’s something for everybody at Hendrie.
Please do visit glc392, a member of this great group of guys, to view spectacular photographs of trains.
My little buddy, Rastro, an Australian Shepherd, joined us for the afternoon. As Rastro has a touch of arthritis we ensured we only visited locations requiring minimal walking. He helped us find this snake.
These snakes were photographed last weekend.
Our first stop was Kerncliff Park, in Burlington, to try for Virginia Rails. No luck but we did observe House Wrens, Brown Thrashers and quite a few Painted Turtles.
Next was Eastport Drive.
I almost puked. Consequently, the balance of the photos of this quartet were out of focus.
Next up was the Great Lakes and Rebecca storm water ponds in Oakville. Last week we observed a female Hooded Merganser.
This week we encountered a doe and her fawn.
Thereafter, we stopped in at Bronte Marina. The Red-necked Grebes have rebuilt their nest and are sitting on a new batch of eggs. No chicks yet at the second nest but it appears quite precarious. The Killdeer chick is doing quite well.
Last stop was Lasalle Marina. The park trail is in dire need of a visit by hawks or the Pied Piper of Chipmunks. Waaaay too many. There are two Mute Swan families on the water. This is the younger group.
Rastro enjoyed the outing. Having been thoroughly spoiled by all of us, he slept on the ride home.
Today, I returned to Hendrie. The heat was too much for me until I observed two photographers on the boardwalk. Picking up the pace, I soon joined them in photographing a doe and her one year old fawn.
I had enough energy to snap a few photos of this Hairy Woodpecker.
CCIW was definitely cooler. Here I encountered five photographers enjoying the challenge of photographing the terns and cormorants but probably not the gulls.
Until next time!