One of my favourite things to do is to sit by a pond and watch and listen. Sometimes I immediately notice a bird like a Great Blue Heron or a Great Egret, but often it takes time and patience to spot them.
The Green Heron is a very interesting bird. It has a distinctive call and I usually hear it and then look for it. Green Herons are often found along the edge of the water but they also perch up in trees. They have a very long neck when they extend it. It’s a lot of fun to watch them catch frogs and small fish. Later in the summer the juvenile Green Herons are out and about and they have a cute little tuft of feathers on top of their heads.
The Blue Herons also can be found perched high in a tree sound asleep but I like to watch them fish as they wade slowly along the edge of the pond.
Whenever I spot a Great Egret I feel like I’m in Florida, but we do have them here in Ontario. I usually see them in the Spring and Fall, their bright white feathers against the blue water is very stunning.
The Virginia Rail is a very shy bird. If you are lucky you will spot one among the reeds. This is another bird that I usually hear before I can find it.
These are just a few of the many birds that can be found at the pond. Take some time and look and listen, you never know what you might find.