Over lunch earlier last week, I headed over to an Osprey nest that I drive by on the way to and from work every day (bottom of Hwy 6 and Hwy 403 in a cell tower by a Motel). I think I see at least one of the Ospreys on every trip as I head to the office or home. But this time they were either sitting on the nest, or out hunting for food and I saw nothing. Of course, as I drove home I saw one sitting on one of the antennae again. I'm hoping later on, if their eggs hatch, I can get some flight shots as they come back with caught fish.
While there, I heard, and then sighted this pretty little Yellow Warbler. They are a bit special for me as it was the first "non-backyard" bird that I found on my own as I started out on this adventure.
Instead, I headed down to an old favourite spot - Valley Inn and there was quite a bit of activity. Terns, the compulsory Canadian Geese and Mallard Ducks, a Trumpeter Swanbut and there were a couple Great Blue Herons, and a Great Egret there.
|Great Blue Heron and Great Egret|
|Great Blue Heron fishing|
|Great Blue Heron|
I walked out onto one of the man made dividers which the RBG staff make out of the Christmas trees discarded every year after they have assisted with the seasonal festivities. This one has become quite solid and gave some interesting views. This Red-winged Blackbird wasn't so sure what to think as I don't know that too many people venture onto this location. It seemed paralyzed from getting out of its awkward position.
I purchased Sibley Bird guide for my phone, and a small powered speaker to play bird calls. There is a lot of care needed to be taken with this setup - it can get people quite upset if you use this to attract birds, and is illegal in many parks. One thing I noticed recently at another location, is that some people are very use this method without asking those close by first. It can get quite annoying too if used repeatedly. I thought I recognized the characteristic Oriole sound, and tried out the setup. Sure enough, coming to explore the potential intruder was a Baltimore Oriole. It works, though aside from territorial defense, most birds are paired up and aren't going to come quite as quickly to investigate I don't think.
Hope you all enjoyed the great weather during this Long Weekend!