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A short drive to Port Credit will take you to the Adamson Estate Park. Located just west of Cawthra, you follow Enola Avenue south right into
the park. Plenty of free parking is available. You can view some images of the estate using the following link, Adamson Estate Images. We only know about this location because our customer and local photographer, Phyllis Keating, told us she gets some of her nature photo's from the estate. Take a look at Phyllis's pictures on her flickr site, flipkeat, it's worth the visit.
We parked in the first lot on the left (west side) and took the path at the west end of the lot. You walk into a nicely treed area and quickly come to a boggy area with what might be a small tributary from the Cooksville Creek. It reminded Lynda and I of the Tilden's Woods trail at Pelee where water thrush were often viewed. In this case we saw Robins hunting the bog and Chickadees in the trees. This short trail loops through this area and them takes you back to the parking lot.
We continued south to the actual estate grounds. We took this opportunity just to get a look at the manor house and the very carefully groomed lawn and gardens. It is a very inviting location with many benches set-up for one just to sit and enjoy the breezes off the lake or just take in the view. Our bird sightings in this area was limited to ring-billed gulls, mute swan, Canada geese and common tern. But at the east end of the property there is a fenced pet cemetery with headstones to commemorate the Adamson family pets.
Walking south from the pet cemetery is where Lynda and I picked up a few more birds. A pair of Red-eyed Vireos were chasing each other and then a pair of Cardinals were darting to and fro. And then as we admired the pretty cardinal pair we heard the distinct hoarse catlike mewing of the Gray Catbird. We followed the call to the opposite of a bush and the catbird was calmly sitting on a branch looking at us. From here we continued south to a trail that took us through a local neighbourhood. At the far end of this neighbour hood the trail continues along into RK McMillan Park. At the start of this trail there are some trees that have been transformed into tributes to the local furry inhabitants, check out our website for some images, www.toronto/wbu.com.
We could see a Great-Blue Heron standing in the mouth of the Cooksville Creek from the bridge leading into RK McMillan Park but the view was partially blocked by trees. But just before the bridge there is a trail leading down to Lake Ontario. We followed the trail and we were able to get a much better look at the heron and on the way back up the trail we interrupted (but just briefly) a Northern Flicker prodding the ground for ants. He gave us a cursory look and went back into action.
We continued our walk across the creek and followed the paved path along the lake. As we walked it began to feel like were in the middle of a big "birdy" nursery. All around us there were fledglings of various species with parents or seemingly on their own. We watched a speckled-breasted short-tailed robin hop around on the branches of a small shrub then there was the female Red-winged Blackbird sitting quietly in the next tree with a young fledgling on the branch just below and then noisiest of the bunch, on the ground was a juvenile cowbird pestering two starlings for food. All of this "juvenile" activity almost distracted us from the Greater Scaup slowly paddling past.
At the tip of the trail we heard loud singing from the tip of a high tree branch. A Song Sparrow was really belting out his tune. We guessed all that fledgling squawking had made this guy lonely for a mate.
As we rounded the tip a Yellow Warbler landed above our heads and proceeded to act like the typical "try to take my picture" warbler. I find warblers to be photographically challenging.
Just then a"V" of Canada Geese very closely followed by the same "V" of Common Cormorants flew past. You would almost think they were preparing for the CNE airshow. Their formations were perfect.
Lynda and I really enjoyed this hike. It was easy walking on a sunny but nicely cooled day by the lake breezes and we saw some interesting birds and observed some interesting bird behaviour. Next time we might even bring books and just sit at the Adamson Estate and relax by the lake.
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