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Sunday, 3 May 2015

East Point Park Bird Sanctuary

My husband recently mentioned an area is Scarborough, near the Scarborough Pickering border, that was being redeveloped and maintained as a bird sanctuary, I guess similar to Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, but without the decades clean fill having built the place.

We decided to visit this area early Saturday morning and discovered that it is a very lovely area alive with so many bird sounds, bird sightings, wonderful views over the bluffs, gorgeous walkways and pathways, many of which are very natural in appearance. There are marsh areas as well, where we heard spring peepers shrilling.

Deer tracks showed up in the mud in spots on the paths and we did end up spotting 3, 2 young ones and a mom deer, but they were hiding safely behind a fenced in protected section, though it opened further down towards a low lyingly creek where they did end up sprinting off towards. They stared at as for quite a while before taking off.

After speaking with an older Scottish gentleman on one of the paths, who mentioned he had seen a Spotted Towhee near the entrance to the park, not far from the parking lot, we got lucky and had our first sighting of one, pretty much where he said he had seen it with binoculars. Another first sighting this year for us :-) Though it was not very close and behind many branches, still, we got to see one!

The park turned up sightings of many different birds; yellow finches, yellow rumped warblers, we saw a pair of brown thrashers but not close and behind a little fenced area near the rec centre, another first sighting for us! There were literally tons of white crowned sparrows, white throated sparrows, we saw 2 pairs of chipping sparrows, yellow warblers, tons of red winged black birds of course, robins, and a small hawk or merlin (not sure which), tons of swallows, both tree and bank swallows, a northern flicker, song sparrows, and chickadees. There was quite a vocal mockingbird that followed us for quite a ways. On the water, we saw mergansers and cormorants as well as heard the long tail ducks in the distance.

Originally, we had hoped the blossoms would be out already, but we realized no, it is a bit early, but, we headed over to Rouge Park as planned anyway. That venture I'll post as a new entry in a couple of days :-)

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