Red-necked Grebes at Colonel Samuel Smith Park

red-necked grebe, with egg on the nest, colonel samuel smith park, etobicoke, ontario

On one of our spring birdwatching excursions, Bob and I dropped by Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke.  The favorable habitat of this urban park attracts many species of migrating warblers, and it often rewards us with sightings of shorebirds.  On this particular day, it was a nesting pair of Red-necked Grebes (Podiceps grisegena) that stole our hearts. Read more

Great Horned Owlets In 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 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 and two Great Horned Owlets in the same neck of the woods. Read more

Glossy Ibis We Sighted In Whitby, Ontario

Glossy Ibis fishing in a wetlands in Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Imagine Bob’s and my surprise when we got wind of a Glossy Ibis hanging around in Whitby, Ontario, one spring.  The bird’s presence here in Canada is very unusual, and it had birders’ tongues flapping.  Word spread quickly as to its location, and people flocked to see the Ibis, in some cases driving long distances for a look at this beautiful wading bird. Read more