On cooler days I’ve walked from Beach Road and Eastport Drive to Spencer Smith Park. On one such walk the cries of juvenile raptors caught my attention. I was curious as the Lift Bridge’s Peregrine Falcons did not have young this year. I soon found a trio of American Kestrels. The sun was harsh. Fortunately, this kestrel found a perch on the underside of the Burlington Skyway Bridge.
Along the route to Spencer Smith Park, I heard/saw Warbling Vireos, Baltimore Orioles, Northern Mockingbirds, two Great Black-Backed Gulls, etc.
This Semipalmated Plover has pluck. I have visited the bird about three or four times. Each time the bird has successfully managed to dodge the throng on the beach.
Been having loads of fun lately hanging out at Hendrie Valley and Valley Inn. I’ve enjoyed spending some time with the group I nicknamed the Boys of Summer as I only see most of them in the summer. We’ve had many good laughs. I shall miss them when they move on.
These last two-three weeks photographers from as far as Ajax and the Niagara area have migrated to the area to photograph the Osprey.
Some days the Osprey spend much of their time roosting in nearby trees.
Fortunately, rather cooperative Great Egrets, Green Herons, juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons and Great Blue Herons are nearby.
Sometimes I telepathically ask a bird to do something other than standing still. Sometimes it works!
So, do you remember the #Melanistic Great Blue Heron? Well, after the rains and much pruning, guess who is now confirmed to be oiled?
More recently a small number of quite confiding Lesser Yellowlegs have posed for the photographers.
I often stray to see what I what other birds are around.
While we still miss our beloved guinea pig, Caramel, for a bit of fun and to help raise the profile of guinea pigs, we attended a pignic last Saturday at Greenwood Park, Toronto. The guinea pigs were beyond adorable!