Thursday, May 8, 2014


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Hello Ontbirders,
Today I spent a couple of hours around 11am at Col Sam Smith Park in south Etobicoke.  A beautiful male Harlequin Duck was on the east side bay about 50-100m off the first east side rocky point, it was associating with a flock of 25-30 Bufflehead.  Also here were 35+ Red-necked Grebes (2 nest building in the inner bay, where the marina is), and 2 Horned Grebes and many Swallows (Tree, Cliff, Bank & Barn), a Chimney Swift and 6 Common Terns.

Inland from the point in the brushy area on the east side of the big open grassy field were several passerines including 2 Least Flycatchers, 50+ White-throated, 1 White-crowned, 2 Swamp, several Song and a couple of Chipping Sparrows. Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Palm, 20 + Yellow-rumped and a Black-and-white Warbler.

On the west side of the field near the building with the big chimney stack were Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Nashville & Yellow-rumped Warblers and a cooperative Northern Waterthrush. Also here were Veery and a few Hermit Thrushes.

Earlier at G Ross Lord Park (Dufferin & Finch in NW Toronto) I had a male Eastern Bluebird and a Lincoln's Sparrow amongst other birds.

Good birding,
Frank P....

Richmond Hill


Colonel Sam Smith Park is located at the south end of Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke, on the western edge of Toronto - exit the QEW at Kipling and head south.

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