A Tundra Swan at Unwin Avenue Bridge in Toronto



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A Tundra Swan at Unwin Avenue Bridge in Toronto

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On a recent brilliantly sunny and relatively warm March day, Bob and I visited the Leslie Street Spit for some much-needed fresh air and exercise.  It was on the way home that we made a short stop at the Unwin Avenue bridge here in Toronto and spotted the elusive Tundra Swan. Read more

A Long-eared Owl at Tommy Thompson Park



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A Long-eared Owl at Tommy Thompson Park

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Owing to family demands this winter, Bob and I have had no opportunity to do birdwatching, much less skiing or hiking.  This past Sunday was our first day of liberty, and we seized the moment by going to one of our favorite spots for birdwatching…Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto.  We were not disappointed and came up with a lifer, a gorgeous Long-Eared Owl. Read more

A Juvenile Coopers Hawk stakes out my Toronto backyard



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A Juvenile Coopers Hawk stakes out my Toronto backyard

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Bob and I enjoy birdwatching through our patio door as we take our meals every day, but near the beginning of this past December, as we finished up our lunch, all the songbirds took flight in a rushed panic.  Next thing we knew, this Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) assumed a stakeout from on top of my garden arbour. Read more

Belted Kingfisher At Colonel Samuel Smith Park



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Belted Kingfisher At Colonel Samuel Smith Park

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What a challenge to capture any Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) in a photograph!  Over the years, as Bob and I have canoed on various lakes and rivers, we have observed countless Kingfishers taunting us with their perpetual cat and mouse routine.  Always just one step ahead of us, it seems that these birds are playful at best, and always wait until we are in sight before taking flight for another tree a couple of hundred feet further down the shoreline.  This handsome female took no notice of our presence on the observation deck at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Toronto. Read more

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron At Colonel Samuel Smith Park



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Yellow-Crowned Night Heron At Colonel Samuel Smith Park

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For weeks, Bob and I had been hearing about a Yellow-crowned Night Heron  making a stay at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on Toronto’s lakeshore.  When finally we had a chance to pop down there for a look, it was quite late in the afternoon so we did not hold out much hope of seeing it since other people had been numerous times without success.  Lo and behold, after we circled the main pond on an obscure trail through the woodlot, we came out to a clearing and found the Night Heron perched nonchalantly on a rock. Read more

Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto



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Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto

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They’re back!  It seems that trumpeter swans, H11, and her cygnet were just taking a short vacation away from their home pond.  When Bob and I cycled to Milliken Park, in Toronto,  Friday morning, October 17, the whole family was cruising the pond together. Read more

Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park



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Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park

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Earlier this past fall, visitors to Milliken Park in northeast Scarborough would have noticed that only two Trumpeter Swans were inhabiting the main pond where previously there had been a family of four.  Tango, the female or pen, was diligently caring for her one remaining cygnet after the untimely death of her other baby in mid-September. Read more

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

Least Bittern Juvenile At Colonel Samuel Smith Park In Toronto



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Least Bittern Juvenile At Colonel Samuel Smith Park In Toronto

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Last summer, people had been reporting sightings of one, if not two, Juvenile Least Bitterns that have been hanging out at Colonel Samuel Smith Park at the lakeshore in Toronto.  Bob and I went to the Park to look for a flutter of Monarch Butterflies one morning, but coming up empty-handed, we turned our attentions to birdwatching.  It wasn’t too far from our location on Whimbrel Point that we found one of the Least Bitterns (Ixobrychus exilis).  The bird was much smaller than expected. Read more

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