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Vist to Toronto, Canada
1st-7th November, 2010
Copyright (C) 2010 - Alec Earnshaw

Here is a small collection of photos taken during a business trip to Toronto.
I was lucky to be able to stay on for the weekend, visiting Niagara Falls on Saturday with a colleague from work, and then on Sunday out birding with Knud Rasmussen, the Birdingpal creator. Below are the photos I took during this trip.

This page has 133 photos including 27 bird species.

Many thanks to Knud, creator of Birdingpal, and his charming wife Karen, not only for the fantastic day out to see birds, but also for the exquisite dinner before departing from Canada!

Thanks for visiting this page - Alec Earnshaw
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Assorted photos
Finally, a real maple leaf in fall colours!
The canadian flag waving in the wind at Niagara
The hotel I stayed at.
Hardly a chance of doing wildlife photos during the week, as work schedule coincided exactly with the daylight hours.
(The clocks were changed just the day I departed, so that would have given me with an hour to bird in the mornings...)

Right: infinite reflections in the hotel room bathroom mirrors!!!
View from the hotel room

Downtown Toronto

Invited to see "Medieval Nights", a fine spectacle!

Toronto Tower

An Ontario Parks stand at Toronto Airport promotes Ontario as an excellent birdwatching destination and highlights the Loon, one of Canada's special birds

Photos of wildlife taken in the vicinity of the hotel and workplace

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Taken in pine trees around the hotel parking lot in the evening with the very last rays of light, immediately after getting back from a busy day at work.
I had heard it calling and went for it, even if it was in very harsh light.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) - TURDIDAE

Also by the hotel car park, in the evening. Taken with flash, as it was nearly dark.

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) - EMBERIZIDAE

Also at the hotel parking lot. The only other bird I saw here was Dark-eyed Junco, but was able to get better photos of these on Sunday at a reserve.

Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)

Manys of these gulls were to be seen flying around in the outskirts of Toronto, where the hotel was.
These in the photos were hanging around in the parking lot next to the McDonald's where we had breakfast each morning.

Grey Squirrel - (Sciurus carolinensis) - Melanistic form

A "black morph" taken near the workplace

Niagara Falls - Saturday 6th November 2010
Industrial works on the road to Niagara
Downtown Toronto seen from across Lake Ontario, about 30 miles away.
Fall colors at Niagara...
A tree brilliantly lit-up in autumn colours, at Niagara
Yet more fall colours! And the falls???
Strange leaf!
Tulip Tree, also known as Tulip Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Mmany thanks Art Schiavo for the ID!!!
Tower at Niagara
The brige from Canada (on the left) to the US, and the lesser of the 2 main falls prouring from the American side.
Siloutte of artistic tree infront of the horseshoe falls.
Take 2
Horseshoe falls
Feel the force!!!

Bird island, USA

Wine country, on route to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Bridge near Hamilton, on the drive back to Toronto

It's me, trying to take a photo of a small hawk (presumably Sharp-shinned Hawk)
- Photo by José Luis García

Photos of wildlife taken at Niagara Falls - Saturday 6th November 2010
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Sharp-shinned Hawk? (Accipiter striatus?)

Great black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

Rring-billed Gull - juvenile (Larus delawarensis)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - CORVIDAE

Photos taken during outing with Knud Rasmussen along shores of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto
Sunday 7th November 2010

Photos taken at Whitby - from Windsor Bay Park

A view of Whitby Harbour

Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), digiscoped using Knud's scope

A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Photos taken at Whitby Harbour - from Lake Park

Common Loon (Gavia immer) - GALVIIDAE - in winter plumage

Red-breasted Mergansers (Mergus serrator)

Ring-billed Gulls
(Larus delawarensis)

Photos taken at Cranberry Marsh - near Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Link to Cranberry Marsh, one of the sites monitored by the Greater Toronto Hawk Watch effort.

Blue Jay
(Cyanocitta cristata) - CORVIDAE

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - PARIDAE

Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - SITTIDAE

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) - EMBERIZIDAE

Fox Sparrow (Passarella iliaca) - EMBERIZIDAE

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) - EMBERIZIDAE

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - EMBERIZIDAE

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) - EMBERIZIDAE, female (poor photo)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) - ICTERIDAE - Nº 2 shows leucistic primaries

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) - ICTERIDAE

Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) - SCIURIDAE - Nº 5 & 6: melanistic form

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) - SCIURIDAE

View of shore along Lake Ontario

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) on the shores of Lake Ontario

American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus), juvenile, soon to be evicted by adult (see below). This species may soon change common name to Smithsonian Gull

Adult American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) evicting the juvenile.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) on Lake Ontario

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) tracks along the shores of Lake Ontario, aptly recognized by Knud.

Plastic Owl, used to recognize arriving raptors that will stalk the owl not knowing it is a dummy.
This behaviour is used by the experts who participate in the raptor counts during migration as it helps to distinguish resident raptors from the migrants.

Photos taken at Thickson's Woods


Oak leaf

The Woods
The Meadow


Knud looking for the Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) - Gotcha!

Photos taken at Second Marsh - Oshawa

Link to Second Marsh wetland habitat


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) - At a great distance, digiscoped through Knud's scope. A fairly late record for this bird, it seems, on November 7th, 2010.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Many thanks to Knud Rasmussen, creator of Birdingpal, for taking the time to show me around those lovely birding sites.

In all I got 47 bird species during my visit to Canada, of which 10 were lifers, and was able to take photos of 27 different bird species, shown above. Not bad at all, considering the time of year and the fact that I was doing photos.

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