This past Wednesday morning I headed out to Joany’s Woods to have a look-see in preparation for tomorrow’s Bird Hike of the Strathroy Bird Club. It was a beautiful morning. Very sunny. Blue sky. Decent temperature. Joany’s Woods is a parcel of land that is part of Thames Talbot Land Trust. It is a very scenic area near Parkhill/Thedford. There are several trails through-out the woods.
This sign is found in the parking lot area off Boothill Road.
HERMIT THRUSH were in large numbers. These thrush, like most thrush species tend to keep close to the ground. They move deliberately, in short jumps (almost) from one area to the next. And have the frustrating ability to stay “hidden” behind branches and leaves, making them difficult to photograph. I did manage to get this photo.
And this one.
A RUFOUS-SIDED TOWHEE was singing away. They can often be found perched near the top of small trees as shown in the this picture.
The other note-worthy thing was the number of butterflies (mostly Red Admirals). Southwestern Ontario experienced a massive movement of these butterflies this past week. It is assumed that the un-normally high temperatures this spring accounted for the huge numbers of these butterflies.