May 042013
 

While doing the Parkway Trail Jane’s Walk this afternoon between 2 and 4 pm, I heard my first Gray Treefrog of the season. It was calling from the south side of the trail, just east of Hilliard Street. Toads were still trilling at the second retention pond (the one furthest to the east) and a Great Blue Heron had been seen hunting there earlier in the day. A Northern Harrier was also observed flying southwest over the Trail, seemingly using it as a corridor to cross the city. Warbling Vireos and small flocks of migrating Blue Jays were seen/heard in several locations as well. Interesting plants in bloom included Marsh Marigold and Bloodroot. The wonderful smell of Balsam Poplar was especially strong in the section of the trail near the retention ponds (between Chemong and Hilliard). There is a stand of Balsam Poplar along the very short footpath leading from Northminster Church parking lot to the trail.

Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog

Observer: Drew Monkman

 

 

 

 

May 042013
 

This morning Warbling Vireos were singing throughout the park at the Lakefield Marsh. A Green Heron flew in and landed on the tallest tree by the viewing tower, and an American Bittern was calling regularly from the back of the marsh.

I had an e-mail last night with a photo of a Great Gray Owl taken yesterday afternoon on Stony Lake Rd. I am trying to get a more detailed report of exactly where on the road the bird was seen and will post the info when available.

Yesterday I walked the TCT between Blezard Line and Cty Rd 38 looking for butterflies. With the third hot sunny day in a row I thought the butterflies would be out in their dozens. I saw precisely one Spring Azure!! Where are they all? Birds were a little better with a Broad-winged Hawk, and a Yellow Warbler and a Nashville Warbler both singing. My second Eastern Kingbird was also seen. On Base Line, at the high point west of Heritage Line near McGregor Bay Rd a Vesper Sparrow was singing.

Observer: Tony Bigg

Yellow Warbler - by Karl Egressy

Yellow Warbler – by Karl Egressy

May 042013
 

While scanning for birds at the wetland on University Road today I had my first Green Darner of the year. It was ~1pm but there were still birds around including a Great Crested Flycatcher and an Eastern Kingbird.

Observer: Greg

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner