After dropping Mia off at the doggy spa at 7 a.m., I arrived at the east end of the Whitby Waterfront Trail in good time to see what I could find before melting away in today's forecasted humidex temps of 43º. The lighting was spectacular:
A pair of oft-maligned Brown-headed Cowbirds entertained me with their, or rather his antics and whistling:
Adult Yellow Warblers were plentiful...
...while younger ones cavorted in the shrubs, see the one hiding at the bottom:
A young Gray Catbird gave me excellent views of its rufous undertail coverts as it preened away:
American Goldfinches basked in the morning sun as I made a hasty retreat to my air-conditioned car:
There was still some time left before melting away to return to yesterday's marsh in north Pickering, where I found the usual suspects, including a Spotted Sandpiper, Cedar Waxwings (again)...
...the elegant female Wood Duck with one of her brood:
...a Kildeer, whose in-flight colours continue to enthrall me, these are not the best shots but I just couldn't resist:
New to the roster, though, was a female Belted Kingfisher perched above the water, contemplating her breakfast strategy:
It was now time to head off to my next indoor appointment, but I was extremely pleased with my count for a mere 90 minutes of birding!