We are used to seeing the Black-crowned Night Heron in Toronto during the warmer weather months:
Its southern cousin, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, has been exciting birdwatchers at Col. Sam Smith Park for the past few days.
Yellow-crowned Night Herons breed in tropical and subtropical regions. Toronto is far from their normal habitat.
According to the only information that I could find (from 1985), one was seen at Lake Erie in May 1954, another in 1964 and another in 1974. There is a previous Toronto record from August 1898. Birders at Col Sam remember one from 2014.
I will identify it at the end of the post. (I love this comment: I love the mystery bird photos you post. I am scoring about 20%).
I was at Col. Sam Smith Park at dawn and spent two hours searching for Whimbrels. None for me so far. I wasn’t alone even at that hour.
Better luck tomorrow I hope.
Olive-green above, yellowish below and two white wing bars identify this as a female Orchard Oriole.
Hard is his herte that loveth nought
In May, whan al this mirth is wrought. – Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400)