Humber Bay at Dawn: March 2021

There is a special light which is only found as the sun rises:

Buffleheads
Bufflehead (male)
Mute Swan
Redheads
Redheads and Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup (male)
Beaver
Beaver
Raccoon
Silver Maple in flower
Buffleheads
Beaver lodge

Having visited many forest locations this week, with few birds, I decided to visit Humber Bay and took almost 1200 photos. These are what I consider the better ones.

Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers (male)
Song Sparrow
American robin
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (male)
House Sparrow claiming Tree Swallow box before swallows return
Ring-billed Gulls
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebes

Though it is still early spring, these House Sparrows are already thinking family:

House Sparrow mating
House Sparrow mating
House Sparrow mating
House Sparrow mating
House Sparrow mating

MAILBOX

Thanks to a reader for this: Starring – The Birds

NATURE POETRY

Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand,

There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word. – Walt Whitman

Miles Hearn

8 thoughts on “Humber Bay at Dawn: March 2021

  1. Patricia Lund

    Thanks Miles for this most entertaining video. Hilarious and surprising are these endearing and captivating creatures.

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  2. John Bohdanowicz

    Lovely pictures at dawn, Miles. The golden light reflection on the water is a beautiful background. I noticed the picture of the house sparrow on the tree swallow box. Well the tree sparrows have returned to Marie Curtis Park as I saw some yesterday. (I have a picture too).

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  3. Lisa Volkov

    Awesome! What a magnificent collection of pictures of birds and ducks! House Sparrows mating–definitely a first, for me! Incredible.
    I love the dawn, and I get up early enough to see it these days, but since I face west, I get a better look at sunsets. I love both! The colours are gorgeous, here. As usual, you’ve outdone yourself, MIles. You go from strength to strength, the “extra Mile” (how many times have you had to hear that one?) Thanks!
    (P.S. I’m looking forward to “The Birds”, too, but right now, I am listening to Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on the radio with human singing, so it will have to wait!)

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  4. debi

    thanks Miles, lovely photos
    You don’t need a long lens, you’re capturing the birds etc very well. what lens do you use?
    Love the photos with mirror reflections, beautiful.
    finally the birds are returning to our feeders more and more. As well as the red squirrels, chipmunks and never ending squirrels.

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  5. Lisa Volkov

    As for “The Birds”—anyone who loves music has to love the singing of birds. Birds must have inspired humans to sing!

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