Cottage country

A second visit to the Lakeshore Marshes and woods on the 24th was quite productive for us. An American Bittern posed for us at Cranberry Marsh and Thickson's Woods gave us our first warbler flock with Chestnut-sided, Canada, Wilson's, Black-throated Blue and American Redstart as well as Olive-sided and Great -crested Flycatchers. As we got to Oshawa's Second Marsh next to the GM HQ, the heavens opened and I narrowly avoided a soaking. All these places have viewpoints and platforms but not a hide in the UK sense was to be seen.

Another trip to Reesor Pool resulted in a single Least Sandpiper, a fly-through flock of Cliff Swallows and a couple of Hooded Mergansers.
Black-throated Green Warbler
We spent a couple of days at a cottage in the Muskoka Lakes region later in the week. The early morning wasn't very productive until around 10 when the insect life got moving and so did the warblers. Over two days I had innumerable Black-capped Chickadees and several Red-eyed Vireos (some feeding young) along with a nice array of Wood Warblers in the cottage 'grounds': American Redstart, Pine Warbler (at least three still singing occasionally), Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Nashville, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and the much-desired Blackburnian Warbler.
Bernie and her sister Jo with our niece and nephews, Adrian, Vidya and Ravi toasting marshmellows and enjoying s'mores
 A final fling around the Leslie Street Spit before our flight on Sunday was disappointing as the tail of the winds from Hurricane Irene was keeping everything low including a Cooper's Hawk. The colony of Double-crested Cormorants was impressive with a few Night Herons interspersed among them. Finally a couple of Killdeer and a small flock of 'peeps' flew over. Now it's back to Chicago.
The Double-crested Cormorant colony on the Leslie St Spit.


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