Looking east from our location.
No more Grasshopper Sparrows were found but a Northern Harrier entertained Jean and I as it soared nearby, repeatedly disappearing and then reappearing from behind some trees.
Further up the path a family of Wild Turkeys (2 adult & 4 young) zig-zagged across the trail to avoid further detection. Having found the bird we sought Jean and I returned to our car and encountered a few individuals of this yellow critter with spots.
Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme
Our next stop was a wetland habitat where we were greeted by a lone Great Blue Heron.
Further along the long narrow pond an adult Pied-billed Grebe cared for 3 young.
A hydro canal (and a road maintained by the local power company) runs parallel to the pond for a few hundred metres before emptying into a larger waterway. The larger bodies of water (where I fished in the summer months & played hockey in the winter months in my youth)eventually enter a water treatment facility (yes the Welland Canal is the source of our drinking water) and a hydro generating station atop the Niagara Escarpment.
Walking along the gravel road we found 18 species of birds including, Common Yellowthroat (3) and Eastern Wood-Pewee (2) but no additions for the 2009 Ontario list.
No worries. By comparison, we are still ahead of the 2008 list. Thursday (a crucial t.t. in the Tour) we would continue our search for additions to the 2009 list but with 2 extra pairs of eyes, Jean's father (Frank) and partner (Ruth).