Dunlins and Rough-winged Swallows: May 2021

Dunlins breed in the Arctic and usually pass rather quickly through Ontario in May.

Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin

The old names “Red-backed Sandpiper” and “Blackheart Sandpiper” were descriptive of the reddish brown and black patch on the white underparts of northbound migrants in spring.

Dunlins
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlins
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlins
Dunlins

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Rough-winged Swallows have brown backs.

Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow

They have a dusky throat unlike the other brown-backed swallow – the Bank Swallow – which has a dark breast band.

Bank Swallow

Other birds:

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron was still here at Col. Sam Smith Park.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Blackpoll Warbler (male)
Blackpoll Warbler (male)
Blackpoll Warbler (male)
Blackpoll Warbler (male)

Getting close to nature!

Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallows
Barn Swallow
Eastern Kingbird
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gull at dawn
Ring-billed Gull at dawn
American Robin at dawn
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)

MYSTERY BIRD

The entirely red bill and black cap identify this as a Caspian Tern.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

MAILBOX

Here’s a post from a few years ago.

Explorations of an Ecologist: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Toronto (joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com)

NATURE POETRY

The sandpipers trip on the glassy beach,
Ready to mount and fly;
Whenever a ripple reaches their feet
They rise with a timorous cry. – Duncan Scott

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Dunlins and Rough-winged Swallows: May 2021

  1. rosemarie fischer

    so many beautiful birds…..did not know that there are so many different types of swallows….thanks for sharing, Miles

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    So it seems like Col. Sam Smith Park is the place to be. Not that I am necessarily assuming that all the pictures featured here were taken there. But you do seem to go there a lot for bird watching/picture taking, and the birds you have seen and photographed there certainly seem to justify your choice!
    In any case, these are absolutely wonderful pictures–as usual. Thanks, Miles!

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