An American Redstart at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto



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An American Redstart at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto

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At the height of the past spring’s migration, Bob and I made a plan to check out Ashbridge’s Bay Park at the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto.  Hundreds of sightings had been reported there the previous week, so we were up much earlier than usual and on site in the parking lot before the sun’s rays were much above the horizon.  It was fairly late in the morning, however, when we discovered this female American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) in the middle of a dense thicket of trees. Read more

A Palm Warbler at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto



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A Palm Warbler at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto

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What a delightful day we had birdwatching at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto, a park we had never visited before.  One Sunday this past spring, Bob and I ventured there because it seemed to offer some of the best prospects for seeing migrating birds.  Although more expert eyes probably picked out umpteen species, we managed to sight over a dozen ourselves including this little gem, a Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum).  In breeding plumage, its dull red cap is diagnostic. Read more

Scarlet Tanagers at Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto



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Scarlet Tanagers at Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto

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After hearing about the scores of different bird species being seen at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto this past spring, Bob and I made it our mission to be up and out early one Sunday in mid-May in order to check out the lakeside park where hundreds of birds rest after crossing Lake Ontario.  It was not until lunchtime, however, that we unexpectedly came upon two Scarlet Tanagers (Piranga olivacea) adjacent to the park’s restaurant parking lot. Read more

Grey Catbird At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto



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Grey Catbird At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto

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At the peak of bird migration this past spring, Bob and I headed to Ashbridge’s Bay on the Lake Ontario waterfront in the hopes of sighting a variety of bird species all in one go.  Reports had been pouring in about the large numbers of warblers and other songbirds seen there over the previous week, fresh from their flight across the wide expanse of the smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario.  At its maximum width, the lake is 53 miles (85 km) across.  Amongst several bird species that we photographed that day was this Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). Read more