A Willow Flycatcher sitting on a tree branch at Second Marsh In Oshawa

A Willow Flycatcher sitting on a tree branch 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

An Eastern Towhee At Forks Of The Credit Provincial Park

An Eastern Towhee At Forks Of The Credit Provincial Park

eastern towhee stares ahead - trans canada trail - forks of the credit - caledon - ontario

Bob and I get very excited when it comes to checking out new potential birdwatching locations.  Numerous reports about sightings at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park had us headed that way in early June to see what we might see.  Among the many birds spotted that day was a colourful Eastern Towhee. Read more

A Bobolink Whistles A Tune At Forks of the Credit in Ontario

A Bobolink Whistles A Tune At Forks of the Credit in Ontario

Bobolink - sings out - kettle trail - forks of the credit provincial park - ontario

On an outing to Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, Bob and I were winding down our day after having spent several hours on the beautiful trails there.  As we strode across Kettle Trail to regain the Trans Canada Trail and then the parking lot, an unfamiliar sound met our ears.  We soon spotted the source in a treetop not far away.  A bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in full song was in profile against an azure sky, making for a perfect snapshot. Read more

A Gray-cheeked Thrush Hides In Our Toronto Lilac Bush

A Gray-cheeked Thrush Hides In Our Toronto Lilac Bush

gray-cheeked thrush, toronto, ontario, canada

On spring, as I went about cleaning up the dishes after breakfast, out of the corner of my eye I saw a blur fly past the patio door and make a sharp veer to the left.  I was grateful that the bird hadn’t been fooled into flying into the window’s reflection.  I was keen to locate it in my backyard and thrilled when the bird turned out to be a Gray-cheeked Thrush.  Read more

Black-Crowned Night Herons At Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

Black-Crowned Night Herons At Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

Black-crowned Night Heron in its nest at Tommy Thompson Park, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For my Mother’s Day outing one spring, our family decided to go for a hike at Tommy Thompson Park here in Toronto.  It is reputed as a birdwatchers’ paradise, and I would have to agree with whomever made that proclamation.  One of the most thrilling sightings we made that day was a nesting colony of Black-crowned Night Herons.  We saw at least 12 pairs of these magnificent birds, some on their nests, others perched in the trees. Read more

Great Horned Owl Babies Out Of Their Thickson’s Woods Nest

Great Horned Owl Babies Out Of Their Thickson’s Woods Nest

Great Horned Owl, baby 1, Thicksons Woods, Whitby, Ontario

It had been almost three weeks since Bob and I visited Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve one spring in Whitby, Ontario.  We were long overdue for monitoring the baby  owls’ next stage of development.  When last at the forest, the Great Horned Owl babies had remained safe in the nest, but on this visit, the nest sat empty.  It took some serious searching in the canopy of pine trees before Bob’s keen eye detected 3 owls perched near the top of one of them…one adult and the two owlets. Read more

A Broad-winged Hawk near Dorset, Ontario



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A Broad-winged Hawk near Dorset, Ontario

Broad-winged hawk on a powerline near Dorset in Ontario, Canada.

As Bob and I were driving along Highway 35 near Dorset, Ontario one spring, I caught a glimpse of an interesting bird sitting on the power line that runs parallel to the road.  At first, we thought we were seeing a Merlin, but the bird turned out to be a Broad-winged Hawk. Read more

Osprey return to their nest at Youngs Point

Osprey return to their nest at Youngs Point

Two Osprey in their nest at Young's Point - Ontario - Canada

In the spring of 2013, the Osprey had been sighted at Youngs Point, on the Trent-Severn Waterway at Lock 27, a small village just north of Peterborough, Ontario.  They had returned to their nesting grounds for the season.  On a trip up that way, Bob photographed and filmed the pair perched on their nest. Read more

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