Monday, June 2, 2008

A Variety of Riverbank Birds...

I've been going out as often as possible and trying to catch as many migrants as they pass through.
Unfortunately many of the Warblers didn't make an appearance with only a few species showing up locally.
I did find some nice things though, and for once the light was on my side ( in most cases )
There is quite the variety of birds in this update and more photos than usual ...

As per usual - left clicking on the photos will make them full size.

Black & White Warbler - This female was in Cosmopolitan Park on one of the lower trails :



Baltimore Oriole - I found this male singing first thing in the morning:



Swainson's Thrush - there were many of these last week along the trails. I even heard one singing which I've only ever heard in the Forest before :





Olive-sided Flycatcher - I've never had much luck finding these, in fact I didn't see one at all last year, even up North, This one was sitting quietly,very high up on a dead branch,on the Meewasin Trail :



Blue-headed Vireo - This was the highlight of the day for me as it appeared out of nowhere when I was mimicking a Warbling Vireo call to see what would come in...
He stayed under the tree canopy for the most part in the shade , but then popped his head out into the sun for a second , giving me a look at those snazzy white spectacles :



Common Tern - I found this lone bird sunbathing on a rock near the Weir. It was later joined by another one and they flew off together :



Western Grebe - This handsome Grebe was swimming alone underneath the CN Bridge :



Clay-colored Sparrow - Right now these are singing almost everywhere along the river:



Brown Thrasher - This one seems to be playing hide and seek, and was eating old berries leftover from last year :



Swainson's Hawk - I found a nesting pair not far from the weir on the west side of the river. This one was looking for food :



Canada Geese Goslings - These little guys were enjoying the sunny day :



Yellow Warbler - Pretty much everywhere you walk along the river you will hear these singing right now. Getting their photo can be tricky though :




Least Flycatcher - with it's "Che-bekk!" call. These are more often heard than seen :



Spotted Towhee - These seemed to be quite vocal for awhile, but I've not heard one for a week now. This one seemed very intent on attracting a mate :

11 comments:

kjpweb said...

Now you're showing off! ;) That variety is stunning. Great shots - but the Oriole is the icing on the cake.
Hat's off!
Cheers, Klaus

Nick S said...

Thanks Klaus . Your recent work has been great too :)

The Birdlady said...

Wow - I don't know where to start! (First of all, thank you for visiting my blog - I accidentally deleted all my comments this morning instead of publishing them - I guess I don't need to try to do this so early) but thanks -
hese photos are wonderful. The black and white warbler is amazing - they are so fast, it's almost impossible to get a shot so clear...and the Swainson's hawk - stunning! Love the post.

John Theberge said...

Fantastic set of photos as usual, you do have the knack for bird photography.

jalynn01 said...

Nick,
Thank you for visiting my Kestrel~mania post! That building is being renovated so next year is probably out for this pair. You have some wonderful shots here. All of them look so great in their natural habitat but I love the yellow warbler...you got him posing and so clear! A feat hard for anyone.

Bird Girl said...

Nick - your pictures just are too nice. I agree with Klaus - show off (just kidding) they are wonderful! Love the blue-headed vireo - never saw such a nice shot and that oriole --man!

Sandpiper said...

These are fantastic! I love the oriole.

Shellmo said...

You always seem to capture the perfect action shots. Where can I find this skill?!!

Nick S said...

Many thanks everyone :-) I guess it all boils down to patience and catching the bird doing something natural like singing or preening.

Michelle said...

Amazing! What a range of photos and birds! Thanks for sharing!

Nick S said...

Thanks Michelle :-)