Some Bird Photos from the Leslie Street Spit: April 22, 2018

 

As I am currently leading nature walks six days a week, one would think that Sundays would be spent relaxing at home.

However at 6 am this morning I couldn’t resist a trip to the Spit. Maybe I would hear or even spot an American Woodcock. Perhaps one of those winter owls would still be around.

Not a woodcock or owl to be seen, but I did see many bird species and get some photos.

I don’t lead many nature walks at the spit because 1) it is closed to the public except in the evening on weekdays and 2) it involves a great deal of walking.

I have solved problem #2 by loading my bike into the trunk of my car and driving to the park entrance. After that, it is a very pleasant ride and I can explore all the little pathways.

Here are some the birds that I encountered on this lovely spring morning.

Song Sparrow

There is probably a singing Song Sparrow about every 25 meters.

Red-tailed Hawk

Lesser Scaup (male)

Lesser Scaup (female)

Bufflehead (male)

American Robin

Fox Sparrow

Mute Swan

Brown Creeper

Killdeer

Tree Swallow

American Goldfinch (male)

Horned Grebe

Blue-winged Teal (male)

Ruddy Duck (male)

Ruddy Duck (female)

Ring-necked Duck (male)

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Long-tailed Duck (female)

Trumpeter Swan

Red-breasted Mergansers

Common Grackle

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Common Loon with fish

Common Loon

Cormorants flying

more cormorants

Northern Shoveler (male)

Redhead (male)

Redhead (female)

nesting cormorants

Double-crested Cormorant

Northern Cardinal (male)

Ring-billed Gull

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Northern Flicker

29 species

Miles Hearn

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