It is that time of year when young birds have fledged, but parents remain active protecting and feeding their offspring. Birdsongs are prevalent but the challenge is spotting and photographing the birds in the dense foliage. A brief trip to Snyder’s Flats yesterday revealed more than 30 species.
Recently fledged house wren
Very recently fledged catbird
Distraught catbird parent trying to draw me away from its fledglings
We have passed by the Montezuma NWR in Upstate New York on numerous occasions, travelling to and from Providence RI. With its large accessible wetland, it has looked like an intriguing place to visit. This past Sunday, we finally stopped and took the automobile circle tour. It is a great wetland, and we saw many birds, including great blue herons, great egrets and a green heron as well as numerous marsh wrens, and duck species. I hope we will have a chance to visit the reserve during migration season.
Today, we had to be in Hamilton. On the way home, we decided to stop at a number of locations around Burlington Harbour and in the Hendrie Valley. Despite the fact that these locations are at the edge of the Greater Toronto/ Hamilton Area (population in excess of 7 million), there is a great diversity of nature. It is a credit to those in the area who have worked hard to maintain such a vibrant ecosystem on the edge of one of the most industrialized areas of Canada.
Angry bird (red-eyed vireo), scolding and attacking a blue jay, along with about six nuthatches.
Caspian terns -fishing
Juvenile trumpeter swan (seen from above on a marsh boardwalk)
In late April, we had the chance to travel in south central England (Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire). While most of the following birds are considered common in England, it was a pleasure to see these species of a different continent.
Bullfinches (female and male)
Wren (winter wren)
Tufted ducks (female and male)
Greater black-backed gull
Great spotted woodpecker
Having been in Europe for the first half of May, I missed much of the warbler migration. Stops at Thickson’s Woods (Whitby), Prince Edward Point Nature Refuge, Long Point and Mc Gregor Point however still proved to be eventful. The following pictures were taken this month from those locations. At long last I managed to see a golden-winged warbler, but unfortunately a photograph proved elusive as she hopped from branch to branch, behind branches in the foreground.
Black-throated green warbler, after banding at Long Point
Magnolia warbler (female)
Magnolia warbler (male)
American redstart (female or juvenile)
Chestnut-sided warbler (female)
Black-throaed green warbler
Black and white warbler
Couldn’t resist. From Perth County, ON taken March 3.
The Boundary Bay IBA and Reifel Bird Sanctuary (Ladner) are great places for bird watching, year round. They are particularly good for ducks and raptors, at this time of year. Without exaggeration, I easily saw more than 100 bald eagles a day, and more than 50 great blue herons a day. In addition, there were very large numbers of swans (tundra), back-crowned night herons, harriers, as well as some short-eared owls (Boundary Bay).
Wood duck (female)
Great blue heron
Wood duck (male)
Juvenile bald eagle