Thursday, August 12, 2010

Early Morning Birding...

This morning, I arrived at Elgin Heritage Park just as the sun was rising. The tide was in but heading out so I knew I had to cross the park, to the shoreline, as quickly as possible. Typically, when the tide is in, shorebirds forage closer to land and, naturally, this would offer better photo and observation opportunities. As the tide moves out, they forage further and further out.

First up...a row of Gulls....




I was halfway across the wooden bridge when I heard the "tututu'ing" of a Greater Yellowlegs. I picked up the pace. Behold...



The Greater Yellowlegs...



...caught in a stretch...



In all, there were 14 Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. They were flanked by 4 noisey Killdeer that I'm sure they were trying to ditch....



There were Canada Geese...



...and Yellow Warblers [...a life bird for the day!]



...not an easy bird to catch, IMO...



Another bird difficult to catch is the Common Yellowthroat Warbler ~ this one, a juvenile.



The trees were filled with the sound of high-pitched hissy whistles...flocks of Cedar Waxwings passing through, no doubt, for the feast of ripening blackberries...



Where tall grass once grew, alone, now Cattails keep them company...a sign that Fall is near...



Some of the Bull Thistles were seeding...




...while others were still shining brightly, in shades of purple.



Apples....




A splash of colourful berries....



..and beautiful summertime flowers make Elgin Heritage Park a great place to visit. The birds make it even better!

4 comments:

  1. Kimberley, fantastic post! I LOVE all of your photos! The angle of the gull shot is wonderful. The Greater Yellowlegs images are so very striking. Cattails, flowers, fruits, all gorgeous. Your blog post is a joy to view! Great work! Congratulations on the lifer :)

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  2. Fantastic photos and post -- thanks!

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