Birds on Nosbonsing

For whatever reason, this summer has seen a real paucity of wildlife on the shores of Lake Nosbonsing.

This morning I took some time in the boat and went looking for shorebirds. There are lots of gulls and cormorants but the population of Great Blue Herons and Kingfishers has been sparse all summer.

I got lucky today in that I spied a kingfisher on a perch who permitted me two shots from long distance before he flew off.

Kingfisher Perch Kingfisher Perch II

A blue heron flew in and landed nearby giving me a chance to sneak up on him a bit, but he was quite wary.

Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron II

This is only the fourth Heron that I have seen on the lake this summer. Most other summers they are quite plentiful.

Is this the “New Normal”?

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4 responses to “Birds on Nosbonsing

  1. I noticed the same lack of birds… have you seen any bald eagles at all?
    I agree with the lack of herons, the increase in cormorants. This evening I counted at least 20 loons on our ride…

  2. and the increase in geese!

  3. John Minkowskyj

    I’ve never ever seen a Kingfisher. I’ve seen many pictures on Earthshots.org,, 1x.com and 500px but never in real life.

    • quibbleon

      We see them on a sporadic basis along the Nosbonsing Shore as well as occasionally on Trout Lake. They move fast and don’t stay in one place for any length of time. I’ve been trying for a shot for some time now but never got lucky until the other day. Even then I didn’t have much time.

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