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Pine Warbler and Other Birds in the Fog: April 2021

I arrived at Col Sam Smith Park just after dawn in heavy fog. The weather report claimed that the fog would shortly lift but it did not during my visit.

Each of the following photos shows some fog and a few show a few of the midges that filled the sky near the lake.

Red-winged Blackbirds
Red-breasted Mergansers (male)
American Robin
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mallard (male)
Field Sparrow (note the pink bill and light eye ring)
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
House Sparrow (male) The box entrances were covered until recently to give the Tree Swallows a chance. I’m told that only 6 are being used by sparrows this year. There were many more last year.
American Robin (the box serves as a perch only)
Tree Swallow
this cat was over 4 metres high in a tree.
It easily came down.
Song Sparrow
American Robin
Mute Swan
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female) showing signs of moulting to breeding plumage
Long-tailed Duck (male) showing signs of moulting to breeding plumage
Mallard (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Long-tailed Duck (male) showing signs of moulting to breeding plumage
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Common Grackle
There was a long battle between these two Redwings with a Grackle observing.
Mourning Dove
Gadwall (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Common Grackle
American Robin
Black-crowned Night Heron
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

The Pine Warbler song sounds like a very “juicy” Chipping Sparrow trill. It was the call that alerted me to the presence of this migrating bird, found as usual in a pine.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

For a moment or two, it entered a Silver Maple:

Pine Warbler

NATURE POETRY

The Sun, midway upon his tireless march,
Eyes languidly the green earth’s sleepy face.      – James Benjamin Kenyon (1858–1924) 

Miles Hearn