Much to the delight of birders, two great species appeared last weekend. Two juvenile Piping Plovers travelled from Darlington Provincial Park to enjoy a few days on Burlington Beach.
Also on the beach:
The bigger draw, however, was a Common Ringed Plover at Tommy Thompson Park. This is the first record of the species in Ontario. I tried for it on Sunday (#species 214), enduring the 2.5 to 3 km walk from the park entrance to Cell 2 where the bird was located. I was just thankful it was not hot, hazy or humid.
Birders of all ages travelled great distances to see the bird.
This video of the plover, recorded by Jean Iron, is a treat.
Only one book in my library mentioned this species. If it interests you, this site provides a wealth of information:
Having a bit more energy in the tank I walked to the protected colony where cormorants, herons and egrets breed.
One last photograph prior to leaving the park!
The putative juvenile Great Blue Heron at Hendrie Valley Park has been the topic of discussion. Is it oiled or melanistic? Only two habits I note are a bit off – the bird preens more than the average great blue and I’ve witnessed it gag a few times. All will be revealed in due course. In the meantime, it’s a rather interesting bird.
Also seen at Hendrie Valley Park.
A check at Confederation Park netted more herons (Great Blue, Green, Black-Crowned), terns and a few song birds.
Passersby had a chuckle at this novel way to explore the trail with grandma.
We worked up quite an appetite after birding last Saturday.
Then it was off to Bronte Marina. Only one of the two Red-Necked Grebes nests at Bronte Marina was successful this year. The two youngsters are gorgeous. One is more self-sufficient than the other. Kudos to the parents for their tenacity.