Many Orioles in the lower Don Valley: May 2020

I headed out on this day to see how the bird migration is progressing in the lower Don Valley.

Each Baltimore Oriole has its own version of the rich, whistling call and the air was full of their songs.

Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)

To give you an idea of how good the birding was today, I took 977 photos. About 7% of them were acceptable enough for this post.

Here they are: Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)

Killdeer

KIlldeer
KIlldeer

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker (female)

American Robin

American Robin
American Robin
American Robin
American Robin chick
American Robin chick
American Robin feeding chick

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant showing double crests

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)

NATURE POETRY

May come up with fiddle-bows,
May come up with blossom,
May come up the same again.
The same again but different.          – Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

Miles Hearn

9 thoughts on “Many Orioles in the lower Don Valley: May 2020

  1. Susan Berry

    Some prize-winning photos here! I especially loved the Yellow Warbler photos. Thanks as always for sharing your observations.

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  2. George

    Thanks for these photos and telling us your percentage of “acceptable” ones (7%). I don’t feel so bad now with my own photography which is likely lower !

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  3. Pam Stevens

    What wonderful birds you spotted, Miles. I thought it would be too early for robin chicks—will they have a second family? The Northern Flicker’s yellow underside to his wings was a real surprise too. Many thanks, Pam

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  4. Lisa Volkov

    Miles, this was fantastic! If you could have heard all the “ohhh”s and “ahhhh”s uttered as I looked at each picture–thank you so much!

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  5. Pina

    Many really nice photos here. More than 7% that’s for sure.
    Today I especially liked the birds in the twigs photos.
    But yes a nice variety of birds.

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  6. Sandra NiemySandra.niemy@bell.nrt

    Miles, thank-you for the most wonderful photos!! I wish I could be there. It is so wonderful all the nature you bring to us. Sandtra Niemy

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  7. Patricia Lund

    Miles, I think you better start leading Photography Walks as you have a great eye and seem to be able to capture the birds in great poses as well as in action. Thank you.
    Pat Lund

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