Orange-crowned Warbler, Eastern Towhee at Royal Botanical Gardens Oct. 25

Michael Biro michaelbiro at rogers.com
Sun Oct 26 10:53:43 EST 2003


On Saturday, October 25th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was flitting among
junipers next to a singing
CAROLINA WREN near the Arboretum.  Along the boardwalk adjacent to Cootes
Paradise, a female EASTERN TOWHEE blended well into the alder and willow
scrub tangles, while a GRAY CATBIRD called out from his own thickets.
Salmon frolicked in the rivulet that runs under the Chedoke Expressway,
while, on the banks and mudflats, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON roosted and
GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS and three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS foraged.

In the Desjardins Canal marsh, a dozen EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 50 CEDAR WAXWINGS,
100 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, four EASTERN PHOEBES and a CAROLINA WREN used
islands of sumac and willow to launch insectivorous raids into the
surrounding cattails.  Overhead, a TURKEY VULTURE and a NORTHERN HARRIER
commanded the skies.  A mink was seen skulking in a canal and a Red-bellied
Snake chilled on the path.

At Lasalle Marina, a RING-NECKED DUCK and five AMERICAN COOTS mingled with
the abundant waterfowl.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD sang at dawn in Paletta Park while a CAROLINA WREN
saluted the dusk (a HERMIT THRUSH looking on).  Three RED-NECKED GREBES swam
near shore, closer to Walkers Line.

77 species for the day!

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Dundas/Hamilton are on Old Guelph Rd., South
off York Rd. or West off York Blvd.  The Desjardins Canal marsh is
accessible from Cootes Dr. just North of the McMaster University campus.
Burlington's Lasalle Marina is on Lake Ontario at the South end of Lasalle
Park Rd., an extension of Waterdown Rd.  The entrance to Paletta Park is
South off Lakeshore Rd., midway between Walkers Line and Appleby Line.

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