Sleeping in always sounds so good as I anticipate a day off… but there is one thing that will make me eagerly jump out of bed at the crack of dawn on a weekend morning: birds.
On the gorgeous Saturday morning of the May long weekend, we struck out for the Carden Alvar, just north of Kirkfield, Ontario. An alvar is an area of little to no soil on limestone bedrock, often flooded in the spring and facing drought conditions in the summer. This rare habitat supports distinctive grassland species of plants which typically occur in the western prairies. The Carden Alvar is an Important Bird Area, and one of my particular favourite places to visit. I hope that you might get a sense of why from my photos below.
It was a great morning (we also saw Eastern Bluebirds, Meadowlarks, and Bobolinks), and the best trip yet for seeing the Upland Sandpiper. In the space of five minutes we saw spotted three (and who knows how many more we passed, hidden in the long grass!). You can read more about this bird on my own blog here
‘Til next month, happy birding!