Actually, i headed to Terra Nova first and heard much Virginia rail activity but no actual sightings. The bittern was not apparent either so off to Iona. The gate was still closed when i got there so i took a walk through the treatment ponds, nothing much that i actually wanted to shoot although i did see shorebird flocks, as well as Tree swallows and numerous Y-R warblers, with a few orange-crowned mixed in as well.
Did manage a couple shots.
Later i saw some Yellow-headed blackbirds near the washrooms as well.
wandering back to the car i came across a mist nest with a couple of birds ensnared.
A Hermit Thrush and a Red-winged Blackbird with jewelry around it's wrist (i guess it knew the drill already), i watched them struggle to free themselves for a bit and i gotta admit, they didn't look happy.
This morning i had warblers on the mind again, and like every year, my most desired local warbler remains the Townsend's warbler. I think because i have yet to nail down the classic uncluttered pose it drives me on to better my shots of this very cool species.
I think wood warblers in general are one of my favourite bird species to shoot, they have such great colours and the fact that they are not typically an easy shot adds to the thrill, when you finally get one in focus.
Anyways, Cypress Mountain keeps me coming back, and this morning, it was pretty good. Again though, i didn't quite "nail" the Townsend's shots but am satisfied with what i got.
The best bird of the morning, and one i just missed getting a shot of by a second was a striking White-throated Sparrow, traveling with a Golden-crowned Sparrow, they were just passing through though, unfortunately.
As well, saw a distant Hermit Thrush, along with American Goldfinch, and the ever present Steller's Jay.