Valley Inn, Hamilton
Am having a marvy time photographing juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons.
Two of us observed and photographed this juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron as it foraged in the rain. We believed we were recording tool-baiting behaviour. “Herons place bait, either natural or artificial, in the water to lure prey. The behavior is called Baiting. They can use real food, such as bread, maize, or dead insect, or choose as a lure something that floats, such as stick. Fish are attracted to the lure, coming within striking range of the baiting bird.” (See here)
This went on for a few more minutes. Afterwards the heron waded over to where we were standing then hopped onto the edge of the pier, mere feet from us.
We weren’t quite sure how to interpret this look!
Recently, this beaver tarried for about ten minutes to consume lunch. What a thrill!
The Lesser Yellowlegs are quite entertaining. When not foraging they are fighting.
See how well the Green Heron camouflages with its surroundings.
This is one of five Northern Shovelers observed last Friday.
Gotta love this Great Blue Heron.
I took a brief walk through yesterday noting a seed notice posted at the Cherry Hill Gate entrance.
Interesting. I still think they need to state clearly that only nyger or black-oiled sunflower seeds should be offered. In the past week or so I’ve removed beer nuts, flavoured peanuts, and pumpkin seeds left as offerings to the birds by visitors.
Bayshore Park, Hamilton
A Brant arrived at Bayshore Park in Hamilton on September 22, where it remains to date (September 28th). I made a beeline to the park after work. The Brant had an unbridled appetite. I had to wait eons for the bird to look up. It felt like eons because I was also contending with flies (horseflies?) feasting on my legs.
Heading back to the parking lot I stopped to photograph this juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron foraging in the water beneath a large weeping willow.
Whilst doing so I heard, “Is the Brant still here?” Lo, it was the voice of B. Coombs. After greetings and confirming directions, I let it slip that I was thinking of joining the Toronto Ornithological Club’s outing he was leading at the Toronto Islands on Saturday, September 24th. And so I did avec mon Sherpa. Loads of birds. Seventy-one species were observed during the walk from Hanlan’s Point to Centre Island. The Blue Jay count was estimated 500! ‘Twas a never-ending stream of jays. There were fourteen species of warblers. We observed Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, and two Common Ravens soaring over the city as we stood on the ferry dock. Here are a few photographs:
I left prior to the last leg of the trip and missed out on an American Bittern. This was after missing a photo op of a Grey-cheeked Thrush due to a poorly timed washroom break. As the song goes, “If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all”. Lol!
Back on shore, we had a lovely lunch at Stoney’s Bread Company in Oakville. The soup is to die for!
Last week at Lasalle Marina, Common Mergansers, a Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher and this Pied-billed Grebe were observed.
Am still having loads of fun and good eats!