Hockley Breeding Bird Survey: June 2021

Once again, the alarm was set for 3 am and I was in the car at 3:40 listening to the life of Leonardo da Vinci and heading in the direction of Orangeville.

When I learned in March that I had been assigned a new route, I came up to the Hockley area to have a look at it.

Here is how it looked then:

This wet field was full of Tundra Swans on their way north.

Here is that field on this morning:


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other Hockley area views:


Though it was very chilly at the start, the clear sky and lack of wind made it easier to hear and see the birds than it was yesterday when the winds were often strong.

Some of my less often seen birds: Black-billed Cuckoo, Horned Lark, Wood Thrush, Vesper Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Great Horned Owl.

With these open spaces I was able to photograph some of the birds:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sapsuckers use these poles to drum on in order to demonstrate their health and strength for interested females.

Chipping Sparrow
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Common Grackle
House Finch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vultures
Tree Swallow
Mourning Dove
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Some botany:

False Solomon Seal (maianthemum racemosum)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)


Looking like a sparrow with blue paint on its tail, this is a female Indigo Bunting.

Indigo Bunting (female)


Some photos from my east end backyard.

Baltimore Oriole (female)
Northern Flicker (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Northern Flicker (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Northern Flicker (female)


I think if you listen closely
In the sweet, glad days of spring,
With the song of the brook,
the breeze and the birds,
You can hear the flowers sing.       – Helen Isabel Moorhouse (b.1876)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Hockley Breeding Bird Survey: June 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    ALMOST got it! I get part–points again. I thought, “BLUE Bunting”. Oh well…blue, Indigo…
    What’s with the bird in the grapefruit?
    I remembered my brother and I using the expression “Yellow Bellied Sapsucker” to insult each other, and now, I get to see one. And yes, the countryside has certainly “greened up”!
    You get up WHEN? That sure is dedication, and delivers great pictures of the rising sun. Thanks, Miles!


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