Hi, folks. Thankfully, other than somewhat reduced walking tolerance, I have no issues, won’t need any medication or therapy. I returned to work about a week and a half ago. Ah, it’s wonderful to be back! I thank you all for your kindness throughout.
Carrying on. While I was off, given the post-op restrictions (no bending, lifting, twisting), I spent a lot of time at cafes, bookstores and libraries. The best of it was a trip to the Toronto Reference Library to view John J. Audubon’s Birds of America exhibit. The free exhibit runs until November 29, 2015.
I sniffed around the 5th floor, happily spending some time at the Arthur Conan Doyle library collection.
As I was unable to attend the talk later that evening the librarian surprised me by allowing me to view and photograph the following original correspondence.
I also spent time at Hendrie Valley and Lasalle Marina in a bid to increase my walking tolerance and not go mad with boredom and restlessness. Here are a few of the species I encountered.
This hawk frequents the vicinity of Burlington GO Station.
Saturday, November 9th was my first outing with my favourite lens, Vlad. I named him prior to Putin’s foray into the Ukraine. I contemplated changing his name to Igor but, nah.
The first bird I photographed was a Fox Sparrow.
Dark-eyed juncos are making themselves heard and seen.
Purple Finch is a new species for me.
Can’t omit these guys!
Green-winged Teal have been present for at least a month or so.
Raptors observed included a Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. While I was at the park, my children had their own encounter with a Sharp-shinned Hawk!
In the afternoon we visited Fifty Point Conservation Area. I’ll chat about that trip next time. If you have opportunity, do visit the marina side. The sight of approximately 1,500 common mergansers is a treat to behold. Keep an eye out for loons and other species.