Dunlin at Col. Sam Smith Park: May 24, 2022

Dunlins pass rather quickly through Ontario in May but linger on their southward journey to their wintering areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coast of America. By fall, they are quite plain in colour but live up to their former names of “Red-backed Sandpiper” and “Blackheart Sandpiper” in spring.

The 10 am group had a good look at one today.

Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin

Other birds:

Yellow Warbler (male)
Common Tern
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallow
Ring-billed Gull
Cliff Swallow
American Robin
Cliff Swallow
Canada Geese family
Common Tern
Mute Swans
Red-necked Grebe
Eastern Kingbird
Song Sparrow

Red-necked Grebe
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Song Sparrow
Canada Goose gosling
Yellow Warbler (male)
Song Sparrow
Canada Goose gosling
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Canada Goose gosling
Double-crested Cormorant

The sun brought out the turtles:

Red-eared Sliders

10 am group:

NATURE POETRY

The surf crashes, and recedes,
As if caught in some eternal dance.
In, and out, and back in, and back out again.
A dance that never ceases to soothe my aching soul. – Codyos Vladimiros

Miles Hearn

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