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:
a bit of the Bruce Trail:
and a steep climb down to the Credit River:
This little grebe was in one of the lakes:
I see the following birds rarely if ever during our TDSB walks.
Nashville Warbler Note the white eye-ring, yellow throat and gray head.
Field sparrows are found in abandoned fields with scattered shrubs. They have a pinkish bill and a conspicuous eye ring.
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.
“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)