After Work Rarities

On Monday, Dan Greenham reported a Snowy Egret at Holiday Beach to WEPbirds.  This would be a year bird for me so I really wanted to go look after work. In between packing for my work trip for this week, I cleared enough time to make a quick run out to look for the bird. I’m glad I did! Just as I started climbing the Hawk Tower, I noticed a very small egret hunting in the shallow pond. That was it – quickest twitch I’ve ever had!




This week’s work trip ended up working out perfectly because it gave me the chance to twitch another bird being seen in a Toronto park. A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron had been seen by many at Col Sam Smith Park. This would be a new “Canada” bird for me!

Well I guess I still had some luck left for this week. After walking around the pond for a little while, a young Night Heron perched right out in the open for me. Everything checked out. I had the bird! I went to find the others who were looking but unfortunately by the time we got back to the spot, it was gone. I stuck around for a while, but I don’t think it showed itself for the rest of the evening.  However, the bird was seen again this morning so if you haven’t had a chance to go for it, you still have time.

I didn’t bring my camera with me on this trip but I managed to get a few digi-scoped pics of the bird with my iPhone.  This was the “best” ID shot I had.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


I wonder what else will show up this week?

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