Today’s afternoon group had the thrill of seeing several large Whimbrel flyovers.
I quote my grandfather Dr. J. Murray Speirs from his book Birds of Ontario (1985):
In Southern Ontario, the Whimbrels pass through very quickly in late May, often in good-sized flocks. In fall the migration is more prolonged but usually only stray individuals turn up, with other shorebirds on mud flats. If you miss the “big day” in spring you may have to wait another year before a chance to see them. Their passage is always a memorable event, the big brown, long-winged , birds approach in echelons along the lakeshore, sometimes passing over, sometimes circling around a bay, or settling on some promontory to rest.
Here are photos from today’s walk taken at about 2 pm.
Today’s 1 pm group:
New flowery scents strewed everywhere,
New sunshine poured in largesse fair,
“We shall be happy now,” we say.
A voice just trembles through the air,
And whispers, “May.” – Sarah C. Woolsey (1835–1905)