It was the last day of our Ontario adventure and we awoke early in preparation for twelve hours of driving. After packing up the room and making a quick stop at Tim Horton’s, we were on the road.
One of our stops on the way back to CT was the home of Ginny Moore in the village of Uphill. Ginny has been hosting large flocks of a couple sought-after winter finch species for quite some time now. When we pulled up a flock of around 40+ Common Redpolls was quite evident, as they frequented a few thistle stockings.
And soon, we heard and then saw our big target here: Evening Grosbeak. The next hour or so, was something to remember. The defining sound of 50 calling Evening Grosbeaks, matched with their gaudy plumage made this a very memorable experience.
After spending time with the Evening Grosbeaks, we moved on to Niagara Falls, where we got incredible looks, at, well, Niagara Falls. And finally around 9:30 we were home.
Overall, it was a very successful trip with very few misses. There were many highlights, up and down the board. Ontario is a fantastic location in which to spend a winter weekend birding. I’m definitely planning on coming back!