Thanks for taking the time to read my monthly Bird Blog! This is the first of my monthly blogs for Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, where I’ll write about my nature walks, and give you a perspective of the Quinte area through the eyes of a birdwatcher. There’s much see and do. Please enjoy!
An Evening Stroll Along The Riverside Trail
It has been another hot and muggy July day. As the sun begins to set, I’ve come to Belleville’s Victoria Park to enjoy the cool evening air and walk north along the Riverside Trail. Out over the surface of the Bay waters, I watch cormorants form serpentine-like lines as they fly towards Snake Island, and the gulls make their southward commute high over the shop tops of Downtown Belleville.
As I walk upstream past Belleville’s City Hall, I spot a few lazy Mallard ducks seeking some rocky bit of real estate on which to establish themselves for the night. A large black and white raptor is making his way upstream, fresh fish in his talons. It’s an Osprey. I’ll follow him. I know where he’s going.
Above me the Chimney swifts are starting to chitter chatter, racing to fetch a final mouthful of insects before nightfall. For a species that has seen it’s population decline by 90% over the past 50 years across Canada, it’s nice to see a few of them still nesting in Belleville.
My attention is now taken by the explosive rattling call of a kingfisher darting downstream. She zips past a pair of Great Blue Herons that have set down along the river for a meal of minnows, while next to them a weary Canada Goose has flopped down like a wet dog on the rocky river edge.
A family of Common Mergansers have spotted me. Mom is leading her brood swiftly away from my approach, with one duckling lagging, struggling awkwardly to catch up. Eventually he gets back to his place in line behind his siblings.
I’ll come back another evening. Maybe I’ll see you there.