Limehouse Breeding Bird Survey: May 31, 2022

The Limehouse survey begins in Caledon Village and ends near Limehouse. There is a great variety of terrain including forest and farmer’s fields. The Bruce Trail runs nearby.

This morning’s survey began at 5:02 am and finished just before 10 in surprisingly warm temperatures. No jacket was necessary.

Limehouse Memorial Hall

MYSTERY BIRD I will identify it at the end of the post.

The Eastern Bluebird used to be common in the Toronto area. Here is what my grandfather, Dr. J. Murray Speirs, wrote in1985 in Birds of Ontario:

In the days of my youth this was a common bird around Toronto, with good-sized flocks migrating over in March and October, and many staying to nest in surrounding farmland. With the advent of starlings, wire fences and urbanization they are now rare in most parts of Ontario.

We had one on this morning’s survey:

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Another highlight was several Towhees:

Eastern Towhee (male)

These four species dominated our numbers:

American Robin
American Robin
American Crows
American Crow
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
House Wren
House Wren

Some botany:

Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)
Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Black Maple (Acer nigrum)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica )
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)


The rusty cap, and black line through the eye and a white line over it identify this as a Chipping Sparrow. We heard many this morning.

Chipping Sparrow



                              (from a teacher’s perspective.)


      Hunched over folios,

          Dreaming of oceans and sands –

               Mind’s rigor mortis. – J. Barbara

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Limehouse Breeding Bird Survey: May 31, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Such an exciting trip and important work, counting the birds up north. Thank you for sharing it with us. I really enjoy the adventure of following it through your posts!


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