Tree Swallows at Ashbridge’s Bay / April13, 2019

I’ve been wondering recently who the green bird nesting boxes with the metallic entrances seen at Ashbridge’s Bay were for. Question answered. They are for Tree Swallows and perhaps the metal prevents House Sparrows from enlarging the holes and using the boxes for themselves.

Tree Swallow

There were about a half dozen Tree Swallows this morning in 8 degree and sunny weather.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallows

It was an excellent morning for birding with 35 species. At one point, a Loon sang from overhead.

Species list: common loon, double-crested cormorant, trumpeter swan, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, lesser scaup, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, killdeer, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, belted kingfisher, yellow-bellied sapsucker,  northern flicker, eastern phoebe, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, hermit thrush, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow. 

Some that I was able to photograph:

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (juvenile)
American Robin
Common Mergansers
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Lesser Scaup (male)

Some flying birds:

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Lesser Scaup (female)
Buffleheads (female)
Eastern Phoebe
Trumpeter Swan

Some park scenes:

Some botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Linden (Tilia cordata)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

This morning’s group:


Now, if to be an April-fool
Is to delight in the song of the thrush,
To long for the swallow in air’s blue hollow,
And the nightingale’s riotous music-gush.     – Mortimer Collins (1827–76) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Tree Swallows at Ashbridge’s Bay / April13, 2019

  1. ML Bream

    Hi, Miles.
    Thank you so much for these reports. They are hugely useful records for me.
    I’m wondering what kind of camera gear you use to get these wonderful photos.
    Thanks again, Margaret


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