Friday, June 19, 2009
CARDEN PLAIN-BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS!
Another big birding outing yesterday. This time it was to an important birding area called "Carden Plain", it's about 2 hours north of Toronto and located between Kirkfield and Orillia. Over 200 species of birds migrate and breed here, some of them endangered species, and the land is now protected.
We were very excited to visit this important area, and were not disappointed with the sightings we had. We saw many birds for the first time and I know going to this area will be a yearly occurrence, if not more. The sights were breath taking.
I've posted some pictures below of a few of the birds that stood out for me, some of them I've borrowed from Google Images, so you can get a better look at what I saw, and some of them Rob was able to get a pretty good shot of, so I used some of his too.
Click on the pictures to enlarge them, enjoy!
The Eastern Meadowlark was one of the two birds I was really hoping to see on this trip, and it was actually the first bird we saw upon entering the area. We saw quite a few singing from the tops of trees.
Rob snapped this shot of one of the many Yellow Warblers we saw in the area.
Rob was able to capture a pair of Eastern Bluebirds in one shot. We saw many, much to our delight.
We were pleased to have many sightings of this unique and beautiful bird, the Bobolink.
This was our first time seeing a Brown Thrasher, and we saw quite a few flying around. Rob took this picture of one.
Another first, an Upland Sandpiper, they looked so outta place sitting on fences and trees. Another shot of Rob's.
The Eastern Towhee was the second bird I was really hoping to see, and we did close to the end of our trip.