Great Horned Owlets at Second Marsh, Oshawa, Ontario

Great Horned Owlets at Second Marsh, Oshawa, Ontario

great horned owl and owlet, second marsh, oshawa, ontario,

For a change of scenery at the end of a week of birdwatching in parks around Toronto, Bob and I decided to pay a visit to Second Marsh in Oshawa.  Our goal was to seek some of the migrating waterfowl that were moving through this area of southern Ontario.  It came as a surprise to come upon a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) and two Great Horned Owlets in the same neck of the woods. Read more

A Willow Flycatcher At Second Marsh In Oshawa

A Willow Flycatcher At Second Marsh In Oshawa

Willow Flycatcher in maple tree - Second Marsh - Oshawa - Ontario

Bob and I were delighted when we spotted a Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) sitting below the nesting hole of two woodpeckers at Second Marsh, near Oshawa,  Ontario. Read more

Baltimore Orioles Sighted at Second Marsh In Oshawa

Baltimore Orioles Sighted at Second Marsh In Oshawa

Baltimore Oriole female in spruce tree - Second Marsh - Oshawa - Ontario

A visit to Second Marsh in Oshawa is great at any time of the year, but is especially rewarding for birdwatchers. On a visit to the protected wetland, Bob and I were thrilled to see, not one, but many Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula). At our own home in Toronto, we are lucky to see a Baltimore Oriole once every few years. Read more

A Fledgling Tree Swallow At Second Marsh In Oshawa

A Fledgling Tree Swallow At Second Marsh In Oshawa

tree swallow fledgling - looks at our camera - second marsh - oshawa - ontario

Our visit to Second Marsh Wildlife Area in Oshawa was very rewarding.  Not only is that area of land very interesting and beautiful to walk, but the myriad habitats attract many different bird species, so it is a birdwatcher’s delight.  Bob and I were all set for a leisurely stroll as we patrolled the hiking trails in search of wildlife, and some of the first birds we saw were Tree Swallows. Read more

A Yellow Warbler At Oshawa’s Second Marsh

A Yellow Warbler At Oshawa’s Second Marsh

Yellow Warbler male looks right - Second Marsh - Oshawa - Ontario

The trees at Second Marsh Wildlife Area were bubbling with melodious birdsong when Bob and I visited there one spring, and when we caught a flicker of yellow in the top of a brightly lit tree, our eyes honed in on a Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia).  The little male has the trademark chestnut streaking that help make these birds recognizable, and it pleased us that the warbler was singing his song. Read more