Bluebirds and Other Splendid Birding at Forks of the Credit: May 2020

I was intending to explore Belfountain Conservation area on this day, but it is still firmly closed so I proceeded to the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park which is open!!

This park consists of a large meadow habitat:

several “kettle” lakes:

“kettle” lake
“kettle” lake
“kettle” lake
“kettle” lake
“kettle” lake

a bit of the Bruce Trail:

and a steep climb down to the Credit River:

Chipmunk
White Trilliums

Some botany:

Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Bloodroot ISanguinaria canadensis)
Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens)
Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)
Barren-strawberry (Geum fragaroides)

This little grebe was in one of the lakes:

Pied-billed Grebe

Other birds:

Turkey Vultures
American Goldfinches
American Goldfinches
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbirds (male)
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Blue Jays
Blue Jay
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)

I see the following birds rarely if ever during our TDSB walks.

Bobolink

Bobolink (male)
Bobolink (female)
Bobolink (female)

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee (male)
Eastern Towhee (female)

Nashville Warbler Note the white eye-ring, yellow throat and gray head.

Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Field Sparrow

Field sparrows are found in abandoned fields with scattered shrubs. They have a pinkish bill and a conspicuous eye ring.

Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow

Clay-coloured Sparrow

Finding several clay-coloureds at this park was a big surprise. They are normally in shrubby country in the prairies and I have seen them in north western Ontario and on Manitoulin Island. Clearly they are expanding their range eastwards.

Like the Field Sparrow, the Clay-coloured Sparrow has a pinkish bill so the best field mark is the brown ear patch.

Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow

NATURE POETRY

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”   – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Bluebirds and Other Splendid Birding at Forks of the Credit: May 2020

  1. Rosemarie Fischer

    OMG!!!!! so much beauty!!!!! It takes my breath away!!! Just so gorgeous!!!! What a gift from you to us! Words cannot describe how much this means to all of us during these trying times. Thank You!!!!
    Rosemarie Fischer

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  2. Marilyn Leeds

    I often played in Sherwood Park when I was young and one day there were a flock of bluebirds. I was so excited. I have never seen so many again and lately none.
    Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. Lou-Anne Kurchak

    Miles, you had a great day today. Thanks for the pictures of so many different kinds of birds. You are quite a talented photographer. I wish we could be with you!

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  4. Lisa Volkov

    Someone else took the words right out of my mouth. Such beauty! Yes!! Thank you so much for this, Miles!

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