The Toronto NatureSketch Club enjoyed a beautiful day sketching birds along the shores of Lake Ontario. The class coincided with the annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Sam Smith Park, which brought out hundreds of people to celebrate the arrival of our feathered neighbours.
Our Naturalist this week was FLAP Canada’s Paloma Plant who is a conservation advocate and has spent decades rescuing birds injured through building collisions. Paloma offered insights on the species we encountered on our trek through the park and we were not disappointed by all the of birds we observed :
- Baltimore Orioles (plus nest)
- Yellow Warblers
- Tree Swallows
- Double Crested Cormorants
- Red Necked Grebes
- American Robins
- Red Winged Blackbirds
- Song Sparrows
We also brought the young artists into the (very busy) festival where they got to see non-releasable birds of prey up close, courtesy of Wild Ontario.
Thank you Paloma Plant for spending time chatting about birds with the NatureSketch Club! Both the children and parents had a great day in the park and I believe we're looking at a new generation of bird enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit Whimbrel Point (the tip of the peninsula) which is the best spot in the city to glimpse passing Whimbrels as they head to their northern breeding grounds. I did head to the point with Paloma afterwards, where we spotted a small flock of Ruddy Turnstones stopping for a rest.
Next week the young sketch artists visit High Park and journey into the Black Oak Savannah!
Happy Nature Sketching!