Wayne Renaud, a local birder, posted this report from Sam Smith last Saturday. It indicates the variety of birds that pass through this birding hotspot during migration.
I birded the park and adjacent Humber College Campus from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm for a big part of
day. The 'bowl area' was the big ticket item today, but other areas
surprisingly had much more warbler activity in the afternoon. There seemed to
be a complete turnover of warblers in the 'bowl area' between 9:00 and 10:00 am
when the wind picked up and it clouded over then cooled off and brightened up.
Overall the winds were quite light all day.
The highlight was a male
Blue-winged Warbler off the north end of Bowl in a Horse Chestnut Tree just
behind the brick house near Lakeshore. The warblers today were dominated by
four species: Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green and Palm
Warblers. These are the total numbers for each species (lowest to highest).
Wilson's Warbler:1; Canada Warbler: 1; Mourning Warbler: 1; Pine Warbler: 1;
Blue-winged Warbler: 1; Common Yellowthroat: 3; Tennessee Warbler: 3: Nashville
Warbler: 3; Cape May Warbler: 6; Blackburnian Warbler: 13; Magnolia Warbler: 13;
Yellow Warbler: 15; Northern Parula: 16; Black-throated Blue Warbler: 20;
Black-and-white Warbler: 24; American Redstart; 31; Palm Warbler: 41;
Black-throated Green Warbler: 45; Chestnut-sided Warbler; 65; Yellow-rumped
Warbler: 86. About 80% of Magnolia and American Redstarts were males suggesting
that at least with these species, there are a lot more to arrive in next week
for so. The other common warblers were about equally mixed. Other notable
finds today were 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Grey-check Thrush, 3 Scarlet
Tanagers, an Eastern Bluebird and a Spotted Sandpiper nest with four eggs.
Birds shown are the Scarlet Tanager and the Blue-Winged Warbler