Day 7 – Still No Whimbrels for Me: May 2021

Before Covid, I brought each of my TDSB groups to Col. Sam Smith Park during the week when the Whimbrels are most likely to pass by. This is around May 24.

This year, I made a point of being here during this time for 7 days between 6 and 8 am.

The number of Whimbrels I’ve seen this year?

ZERO! Better luck next year I guess.

Here are some photos that I took from the South Seas some years ago.

Franklin’s Gulls with Whimbrel and Willets
Franklin’s Gulls, Whimbrel and Willets
Whimbrel

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post:

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorants
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Herring Gull
American Robin
Warbling Vireo
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant
Yellow Warbler (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Yellow Warbler (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Mallard (female)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Red-necked Grebes
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorants
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Brown-headed Cowbirds (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Brown-headed Cowbirds (male)
Red-necked Grebe
Tree Swallow

Some Col. Sam Smith Park Whimbrel photos taken by Ken Sproule:

MYSTERY BIRD

The slate-gray colour and black cap identify this as a Gray Catbird.

Gray Catbird

MYSTERY BIRD CORRECTION

Oops! Thank-you to readers who wrote to say that this is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher not a female Orchard Oriole.

NATURE POETRY

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well, you just might find
You get what you need. – Rolling Stones song

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Day 7 – Still No Whimbrels for Me: May 2021

  1. Wendy Trueman

    Love that you included the Stones’ lament. Could be the anthem for frustrated bird seekers. 😉 Better Whimbrel-hunting next time!

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  2. Dilys

    I saw my very first whimbrels at Tommy Thompson Park yesterday (Mon) in one of the cells, cell 2, I think. Such improbably long bills!

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  3. Lisa Volkov

    Well, you certainly tried! Short of camping there 24/7 (and I’m sure you considered it!) what else could you have done? Thank you for the close-ups of the bird, and thank you too, Ken, for the great pictures you took. Now I know what they look like close up, and they certainly are very interesting-looking birds. Thanks, Miles and Ken!

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