Thursday, May 13, 2010


A male Scarlet Tanager, I've finally seen one!

May is absolutely the best month of the year for birders. With all the migratory bird action going on, no pesty mosquitoes, and the trees not yet in full leaf bloom, making it easier to spot the birds. The opportunities to see many different species of birds are abundant.

Warblers are one of the species of birds that Rob and I have been trying to see this spring. They don't make it easy, these feathered beauties are small, like to hang around the tops of the trees, and they don't stay still! We've been lucky this year, we've actually seen a couple different Warblers last Sunday at High Park, but are hoping to see many more before the end of the month.

Yesterday I had plans to meet up with a girlfriend and go for a walk in a park close to her home. With my binoculars in hand we started off on our walk. The birds in the park were plentiful, and I actually had three firsts yesterday!! Meaning I saw 3 different birds yesterday for the first time! Lucky for me, my friend didn't mind me "birding" during our walk, and was enjoying seeing all the different birds too. I gladly shared my binoculars with her so she could get a better look too. A walk that usually takes her one hour, took us two, but it was time well spent.

A Yellow Warbler. There were many of these in the park yesterday.

A Black and White Warbler. I saw a few for the first time yesterday.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler. Again, another first for me yesterday.

A Black-throated Blue Warbler. I saw one of these for the first time on Sunday at High Park in Toronto.

Almost at the end of our walk, a brilliant flash of red startled us both, and then I went into complete shock as it hit me as to what I was looking at, a male Scarlet Tanager!

When you get into birding there are some birds that you really hope to see one day, and this gorgeous bird is one that Rob and I have been wanting to see for YEARS! I couldn't believe I was seeing one. Usually high in the trees and secretive, he was just above eye level and so close we didn't need binoculars to watch him. Though not a Warbler, he was the absolute highlight of my outing yesterday. I felt a little guilty that Rob wasn't there to see him with me, but we're going back on Saturday morning with fingers crossed.

All pictures in this post were "Googled" from Google Images.
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