The name "Prothonotary" originally referred to a group of official scribes in the Catholic Church who wore bright yellow hoods, as this bird appears to do (source: Audubon.org). After seeing this bird for the first time at Rondeau Provincial Park along Lake Erie in Ontario on the first day of my trip destined for Magee Marsh, Ohio, USA, I subsequently saw it pretty much every day during my trip, including at Point Pelee National Park, also along Lake Erie in Ontario, and during many of my days at Magee Marsh.
Louisiana Waterthrush lives along freshwater rivers and streams in deciduous woodlands during the summer. On nesting territory it can sometimes be seen and heard singing from perches and the ground. The bird pictured in the photos below is probably on breeding territory. A freshwater stream was nearby.
The Vesper Sparrow is uncommon and local across most of the East. I’ve only seen this species a couple of times, most recently in Quebec. As I reviewed my photos upon returning from my recent Quebec trip for possible inclusion in one of my photo galleries or a blog post, I realized that I had not edited some Vesper Sparrow photos from Carden Alvar Provincial Park, Ontario from last summer.
More often than not, one is more likely to hear a White-eyed Vireo than see one. However, during spring migration at Long Point yesterday, the reverse was true when my friend, Andrew, and I stumbled upon a White-eyed Vireo at Old Cut Banding Station in Long Point, Ontario. Neither of us heard it, but Andrew caught a glimpse of something moving in the brush that made him think it might be a White-eyed Vireo. A quite search began and it wasn’t long before we gleaned some fleeting looks.
Yesterday, while driving home from Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec following a brief family visit, I stopped at an OnRoute rest area to grab some lunch and check my email. I was surprised to read a report on Ontbirds that a Glossy Ibis was spotted at Sobeys Pond in Whitby, Ontario. Although several hours away from where I was at the time, it was essentially on my way home so I checked out the ponds during late afternoon and sure enough the Glossy Ibis was still present and providing nice views.
Around the last weekend of April each year, several birders head out at dawn to Oshawa Second Marsh to view Little Gulls entering the marsh. I headed out there on Sunday, which proved fortuitous when, over a period of about two hours, a record tally for this site of 158 Little Gulls was observed and counted by those in attendance.
The Red-necked Grebe is a mid-sized grebe that I can enjoy observing and photographing at this time of year as it can be seen along several areas of Lake Ontario near my home. Many of the Red-necked Grebes have paired up and nest building appears well under way in some cases. In today’s post, I highlight a number of photos I made of one pair that didn’t seem to mind my presence as they swam back and forth slowly just offshore from where I was sitting on some rocks.
Today’s blog post focuses on Sharp-shinned Hawks, which were well represented among the 600+ hawks that migrated past Beamer CA in Grimsby, Ontario the other day. As described in yesterday’s post on Broad-winged Hawks, weather and lighting conditions were very good to excellent, especially considering the typical flight path of the day.
While hanging out at the Beamer CA Hawkwatch in Grimsby, Ontario yesterday on a sunny and warm spring day, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds flew into a tree close to the tower. I managed to get a few clicks of the pair before returning to photograph the hawks. Eastern Bluebird is one of my favorite thrushes and I was pleased with the images I made, especially the portrait of the female Eastern Bluebird, which is included among the photos in today’s blog post.
Recently I visited the Long Point area of Ontario, which is an excellent provincial birding hot spot. The day proved fruitful for early spring migration as I saw about 80 species and the trails at Old Cut banding station were teeming with migrants. Upon arrival, warmer weather combined with heavy fog proved a blessing in disguise as migrant birds like golden-crowned kinglets were observed frequently along the snow-covered ground or foraging low in shrubs.