Bluebirds and Wood Frogs: April 2021

I came to the Forks of the Credit Park last May and was impressed by the number of Bluebirds here.

Until the 1920’s, the bluebird was common around Toronto with good-sized flocks migrating over in March and October, and many staying to nest in surrounding farmland. With the advent of starlings and urbanization they are now rare in most parts of Ontario. Fortunately nest-box projects have been successful in maintaining populations in some areas.

Forks of the Credit has many nest-boxes and here are some of the users:

Eastern Bluebird (male)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebird (male)
Eastern Bluebird (male)
Eastern Bluebird (male)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebirds

Other birds:

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Meadowlark
Song Sparrow

There is a pond here amongst the “kettle” lakes that will clearly dry up in a few months.

This is perfect habitat for Wood Frogs and a male chorus was emitting duck-like quacking sounds.

Wood Frogs
Wood Frogs
Wood Frog
Wood Frogs

NATURE POETRY

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see. – Vera Lynn

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Bluebirds and Wood Frogs: April 2021

  1. Trudy Rising

    Were the “quacking” wood frog photos taken last May, as well, or were those photos from today? Thanks.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Beautiful pictures. The Bluebirds, nest building (box stuffing?) The Wood Frogs. Some gorgeous remaining winter ducks. Other wonderful birds. Thanks, Miles!

    Reply

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