On March 31, a Neotropic Cormorant sighting initially was reported by Brandon Holden as well as others later that day. For Ontario, Canada this is big news as a check on eBird data references only a handful of Neotropic Cormorant sightings in the province, the first going back to 2005 in Wheatley Harbour, Ontario. However, it seems that brief Neotropic Cormorant sightings in Ontario have occurred each year since 2011. This was only the second sighting for the Hamilton, Ontario area on record.
In mid-April, while checking some area eBird reports, I was made aware of Virginia Rails being heard in a wetlands area, which is about an hour's drive west of home. I hopped in my SUV and headed out in search of this secretive bird in the hopes of adding a tick to my life species and with some luck capture a good photo or two.
As I arrived at LaSalle Park near the marina one recent morning, I noticed a Horned Grebe (HOGR) making its way towards the shore on the opposite side of the small bay from where I was standing. I quietly picked up my tripod with attached camera and lens, placed it over my right shoulder and made my way over to the other side of the bay closer to the HOGR.