At 8am I set out to Meewasin Park which is situated in
the city's north west and runs along the river. It has Poplar and Aspen trees, Chokecherry, Buffalo Berry , Silverberry. Willow and Red Osier Dogwood shrubs to name but a few.
I spent a few hours there, with my primary goal to find as many migrants as I could.
The Meewasin trail here just keeps on going, and I actually had to turn back after awhile otherwise I'd have gotten carried away and ended up having supper there.
When I first arrived at the park, it was alive with Robins. Probably 70-80 of them . It was hard to separate the occasional Catbird or Thrasher at times because they were in almost every tree or bush often with 2 or 3 young in tow.
On the east side of the riverbank I watched as a flock of Crows, 100 strong,took to the skies as a Great Blue Heron disturbed by their flight, veered off in another direction.
The only other birds I saw over the river were 5 White Pelicans and a couple of hunting Northern Harriers.
I did find a few Warblers under the tree canopy, but photographing them was pretty much impossible as they were 30ft up in the air flitting from branch to branch.
My prize for the day was finding two Olive-sided Flycatchers, one of whom was still giving its " Quick Three Beers " call, which I had only ever heard on a cd before, so that was great.
Here are a few of the highlights followed by some photos :
Black & White Warbler - 2 females
Magnolia Warbler - 1 female
Tennessee Warbler - 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 5
Wilson's Warbler - 1 male
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 fall plumaged male
American Redstart - 1 male, 2 females
Yellow Warbler - 6
Warbling Vireo - 4
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 2
Alder Flycatcher - 1
Least Flycatcher - 2
Northern Flicker - 4
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Great Blue Heron - 1
Northern Harrier - 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1 female
Purple Finch - 1 heard
House Finch - 60+ !
American Goldfinch - 2
Pine Siskin - 6
Baltimore Oriole - 1
Spotted Towhee - 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher :
Warbling Vireo :
Red-eyed Vireo :
American Robin ( juvenile ) :