Torrance Breeding Bird Survey: June 2, 2022

To arrive in southern Muskoka for a survey beginning at 5 am, we left Toronto at 2:45 and arrived just in time.

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

Muskoka has a “Big 5” – birds which are found commonly in the area and let you know it through constant singing.

Chestnut-sided Warbler:

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo:

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo


American Robin:

American Robin
American Robin

American Redstart:

American Redstart
American Redstart (female)

Ovenbird: So named because their nests look like little ovens. I have heard the teacher-teacher-teacher call of the Ovenbird thousands of times but have rarely seen it due to its habit of walking about on the floor in dense forest:

Ovenbird (photo: wikimedia)

Some botany:

Royal Fern
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Royal Fern
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Interrupted Fern
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Interrupted Fern
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Cinnamon Fern
Common Blackberry (Rubus alleghenisnsis)
Cinnamon Fern

Tent Caterpillars are busy here:

Tent Caterpillar
Tent Caterpillar

MYSTERY BIRD

The rufous sides identify this as a Towhee.

Eastern Towhee (male)

NATURE POETRY

 gentle light filtered by

       pale streaks of clouds –

       brushed on their secretive places

       by green fingers urging their opening,

       pouring tranquility, sparkle on calm. – J. Barbara

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Torrance Breeding Bird Survey: June 2, 2022

  1. Catherine Gautry

    Thank you for the magnificent pictures of the sky at dawn and for beautiful pictures of birds I had never heard of. You’re such a dedicated person to start your day so early!

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