Northern Parula and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Kirkup Woods: May 2020
On this day, I wanted to explore the area just west of Lake Simcoe and, completely haphazardly, came across this place:
It was perfect for a walk on a sunny day and there were trilliums everywhere.
Butterflies were out:
and a few mammals:
High in the trees and moving quickly and frequently was a Northern Parula. This very small warbler is becoming more common in the last 20 years or so. In my youth, I do not remember ever seeing one. None of these photos is perfect but you get an idea of this beautiful little bird:
Large birds such as hawks and penguins are very careful to send their “scat” as far away as possible as you can see in this Osprey sequence:
In Toronto, we only see Sapsuckers in migration but they enliven cottage country with their “Morse code” tapping, their whining calls and excited activity near their nests. Males have a red throat as this one does:
May is bee in blossom, May is birds a-nesting, May is picking violets on a hill; May is young and twenty, May is Sunday-besting, May is eager Jack and willing Jill. – The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1961
wonderful to see all these gorgeous birds and other critters….thank you for bringing Spring into our lives… Rosemarie Fischer
Wonderful pictures. Beautiful birds.
So nice to see the sun come out. Brightens everything.
It’s been so gloomy and cold the past few days.
Gorgeous. Thanks, Miles!