A good fallout in the backyard today
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A good fallout in the backyard today

Dinusaur

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So far I have seen the following this morning in my backyard in Thornhill, and hoping to see more as day progresses.


1. Hermit Thrush: 3
2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 5
3. American Goldfinch: 4
4. Black and White Warbler: 1
5. White-throated Sparrow: 1
6. White-crowned Sparrow: 1
7. Philadelphia Vireo: 1

« Last Edit: April 28, 2021, 11:27:20 am by Dinusaur »


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So far I have seen the following this morning in my backyard in Thornhill, and hoping to see more as day progresses.


1. Hermit Thrush: 3
2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 5
3. American Goldfinch: 4
4. Black and White Warbler: 1
5. White-throated Sparrow: 1
6. White-crowned Sparrow: 1
Lucky you!! Didn't know B&W arrives so early.


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Just had 3 white throats in addition to our usual regulars (grackles, redwings, house finches, cardinals, blue jays).  A hairy visited a couple of days ago.


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I always hoped to see both of the thrushes at the same place. Three appeared at the same time this morning and no fight broke out though. Are these two a couple, and I really can't tell which is male and which is the female.


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Ally, I don't think you can tell the difference between male and female Hermit Thrushes.
Here's the photo of the lone Black and White warbler on the backyard cherry tree. After the rain I didn't see much of any activity for the remainder of the day.







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Ally, I don't think you can tell the difference between male and female Hermit Thrushes.
Here's the photo of the lone Black and White warbler on the backyard cherry tree. After the rain I didn't see much of any activity for the remainder of the day.

Wow, he is soooooo cute!


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And the day ends with this Cooper's Hawk - had to photograph through the patio door.



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Wow. still great shot!! What a wonderful backyard birding day for you.


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Wow, that might be a record early Philadelphia Vireo. I didn't find any records for Ontario in April on eBird. Were you able to document it?



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Wow, that might be a record early Philadelphia Vireo. I didn't find any records for Ontario in April on eBird. Were you able to document it?
I posted it on eBird and also saw another reporting from Toronto area on the same day:
eBird Checklist - 28 Apr 2021 - Toronto--Merrill Bridge Road Park - 17 species


I saw it quite close at eye level on my backyard cherry tree. When I bent down to grab my camera it disappeared in the trees behind.


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Today there was a Winter Wren and a Brown Thrasher. I was standing on my deck when the wren popped out from below the deck and immediately took off seeing my standing close by. No chance of a photo. The Brown Thrasher flew in the cherry tree, stayed short while and then took off. Again, no chance to draw the camera to shoot it.


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Occasional glancing out of second floor home office window produced these two gems on backyard Cherry tree; however, I have to admit that it has slowed down a bit. The cold and soggy Spring not helping much.


Nashville Warbler:



Black-throated Blue Warbler:


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Another good variety on Sunday, May 16. My wife and I were sitting on the deck when I noticed movement in backyard cherry trees. Within an hour I got to see and photograph:
1. Cape May Warbler
2. Nashville Warbler
3. A female Black-throated Blue Warbler
4. A Least Flycatcher
5. A Magnolia Warbler
6. A female American Restart
7. A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Here are some photos to go with.


Cape May Warbler





Least Flycatcher



Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Any idea why was it chewing leaves?
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Wow! That cherry tree is pure gold. It not only looks good but seems to be a magnet for migratory birds I took down the feeder because there were no birds using it beyond house sparrows and cowbirds, or perhaps the occasional cardinal. The fallen seed was attracting mice and a rat. I've even stopped visiting the woodlot across the street. I can only visit for about 15 minutes before duties resume. I never see anything when I'm there. Still have not seen a single warbler. Even when walking along the street I scrutinize the the bushes that skirt the other side of the street and if anything moves at all it will be a robin. Not even squirrels. There are robins everywhere. I have not heard or seen any other thrush. Not even an oriole can be heard. It's like post-apocalypse out there. The only sounds are the train every 15 minutes, lawn mowers, saws, weedwackers, leaf blowers, compressors, heavy machinery, trucks backing up, delivery vans, motorcycles, dogs barking and the wind in the trees. I'm right next to the Rouge and yet it seems like I'm in a ghetto of man-made racket. There are so many cars parked in the Rouge lot that it must be like walking around the CNE. Even if I could go out it wouldn't be there.