Bondi Resort Blog

Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Returning Birds

This is an absolutely magical time of year, with new birds returning every day.
Coming home from our hike yesterday, Taffy alerted me to a bird in the leaf litter not far from the road. 

An American Woodcock!  These are shy birds, hard to spot.  We will hear them on their spiraling mating flights soon, but it is very rare to get a good look at one!   The handsome chap wasn't helpful enough to pose while I got my camera out, and flew farther into the woods, so I had to get some stock photos.

These are quite remarkable birds.  They like to hid in the woods, on the forest floor where they use those long beaks to probe for earthworms.  On spring nights, the males perform very conspicuous displays, rising in the air in a spiral, giving very buzzy 'peent' call, then fluttering down in a steep dive to the ground. 

It is often the only time you'll see (or hear) them, and we look forward to them every Spring. They are quite partial to the open fields here, and often display over our big garden, or the horse pasture.  Go here, and give a little listen to their unique call.

1 comment:

  1. A fascinating looking bird! I've never seen one, but given their shyness, that isn't a surprise.