I was talking to a birding friend at Ojibway Park recently and he mentioned Least Bitterns at Holiday Beach. So this morning, I headed out, set up my scope on some of the distant islands of cat-tails and sure enough ... Least Bittern! I've gone out for the last two or three mornings at 8:00 am and found them after some thorough scanning of some ideal habitat. A scope and lots of patience is needed to see these incredible species.
|According to Allaboutbirds.org: "Least Bittern is one of the most difficult marsh birds to spot".|
Recap on threats to Least Bitterns:
- Destruction of Wetlands.
- Human interuption on the few remaining wetlands (sea-doos, recreation).
- Pollution ("Roundup", "Weed and Feed", Fertilizers from Farms and Golf Courses).
|These deer flushed a Black crowned night Heron seconds before this shot.|
|Black crowned Night Herons are pretty common at Holiday Beach|
|Common Gallinule or Common Moorehen? Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks around as well.|
Some butterflies seen included Pipevine Swallowtail, Northern Cresent, and Delaware Skipper among others. I haven't seen any Hairstreaks yet.
|Pipevine Swallowtail. Amazing mix of Orange, Blue and Black.|
|Northern Crescent and Pearl Crescent are often confused. I'm going by flight date. Also note the thicker black border on the outer edge of the upper hind-wing.|
|Deleware Skipper... Life Skipper.|
This is some bonus video from my previous week's posting. It has some video of the Upland Sandpiper, and a Bobolink that was near my car. To my surprise, a female Bobolink perched on the fence as well! You can hear the call of the Bobolink very loudly in this video clip, and if you listen carefully at 0:08 seconds, you can hear Savanah Sparrow, and at 0:35 seconds, you can hear a distant 'cat call' of an Upland Sandpiper.
ROM, "Least Bittern Species at Risk", Royal Ontario Museum, Oct 2008, WEB, June 25, 2012
Allaboutbirds.org , "Least Bittern" , Cornell Lab of Ornithology, nd, WEB, June 26, 2012, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/least_bittern/id
Northern Crescent ID: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/butterflies/species/NorthernCrescent_e.php
Pearl Crescent ID: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/butterflies/species/PearlCrescent_e.php
Delaware Skipper ID: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/butterflies/species/DelawareSkipper_e.php