TO from CSSP
Finally a nice weekend, but I spent most of it on the road or indoors! Sunday was the OBRC meeting so I went to Toronto Saturday morning. I spent most of the time at Colonel Sam Smith Park looking at grebes and other birds. This place is grebe central. Apparently up to 1000 Red-necked Grebes were around earlier in the week along with Horned, Pied, an Eared and a Western.
Of course the day I was there, the Western was not seen. (now you know what kind of luck I always have!) It was seen the day before and after. It was farther out on the lake, but the sunlight prevented proper distant observations.
Red-necked Grebe-crappy photo from last year
I'm pretty sure I saw the Eared Grebe, but it was in an that transition plumage.
It was nice to see a few hundred Red-necked Grebes anyway. I did sight a Red-throated Loon way out (not a grebe!) and a few Common Loons.
Stream at Rattray Marsh
Later in the day looking at ducks along the shoreline to the east, I did spot a Harlequin Duck.
I get to this park once every year and alway meet people I know. This time I will mention Dorothy Smith (and her daughter) who used to live in Chatham. (Hope she doesn't mind!).
I finally saw a butterfy on Saturday! I'm pretty sure it was a Milbert's Tortoiseshell as it quickly flitted by my motel room window.
Milbert's Tortoiseshell (from last year-Erieau)
When I arrived home late Sunday, a Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Fox Sparrow were in the yard. The Fox Sparrow constantly sang until dusk!
The first Forster's Tern arrived at the marina this morning. A day late from the April 10 date I mentioned last week!