Out and about again this morning on Toronto Islands. Bit blustery out there, but always nice to be in a place where there is at least some hope! It was pretty quiet it has to be said, though there was some viz mig going on with small flocks of American Pipits, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Pine Siskins whizzing over in a westerly direction. A few raptors joined in – mostly Sharpies, but also small numbers of Kestrels and Merlins with single Osprey and Northern Harrier. Was hoping for a few decent flight pix, but the wind was whipping the birds at too fast a pace for the likes of me to have any chance!
However, I did have one half decent bird – a Nelson’s Sparrow. I flushed it out of the rough grass between the airport fence and the shoreline a couple of times, but it was so breezy by this time it was almost impossible to get to grips with anything decked. Still, always nice to see, no matter how brief! There were lots of Palm Warblers just about everywhere, but very few sparrows lurking. Variety was low with Orange-crowned and Blackpoll Warblers and a semi-late REVI being the highest of the highlights. A flock of 19 Canvasbacks was a nice sight at the ferry docks at Hanlan’s.
Not surprisingly there were only four species of butterfly on offer and none of the hoped-for immigrant moths to be kicked out of the grass. The home trap was dismal with a couple of Soybean Loopers and a lone Lesser Yellow Underwing…
A few photos from the morning: