R-o-a-m-i-n-g

January 23, 2016

Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke

Nothing like waking up with a little ice on your back.

 He dove frequently in a bid to rid himself of the ice.

He dove frequently in a bid to rid himself of the ice.

Handsome male Gadwall

Handsome male Gadwall with very little ice on his wings.

Confession.  I sorta but not really squandered about two hours of sunshine looking for a Long-eared Owl at the park.  I checked 98.9% of the pines, avoiding those in coyote territory.

Humber Bay East (Wordless, save for captions.)

Female Red-breasted Merganser

Female Red-breasted Merganser

This female Red-breasted Merganser was swimming closer to shore.

This female Red-breasted Merganser was swimming closer to shore.

These two female Buffleheads were rather endearing.

These two female Buffleheads were rather endearing.

Male and female Common Goldeneyes

Male and female Common Goldeneyes

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Foraging female Buffleheads

Foraging female Buffleheads

Female Bufflehead and male Common Goldeneye

Female Bufflehead and male Common Goldeneye

High Park (Bird Sanctuary to Grenadier Pond)

The Bird Sanctuary remains well maintained.  No Evening Grosbeaks this winter but lots of cheery American Goldfinch and House Finches to delight visitors.

American Goldfinch at feeder (Bird Sanctuary)

American Goldfinch at feeder (Bird Sanctuary)

American Goldfinch peering down at other tempting goodies.

American Goldfinch peering down at other tempting goodies.

House Finch

House Finch

After lunch as I stepped under a tree to check if the Grenadier Pond was frozen I heard this female Red-breasted Nuthatch above me.  The Brown Creeper arrived shortly thereafter.

Red-breasted Nuthatch (female)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (female)

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

These two female Turkeys were foraging at the edge of Grenadier Pond. We were told they arrived about three weeks earlier. As they allow close approach by humans and dogs, it is assumed they are farm-raised.

These two female Turkeys were foraging at the edge of Grenadier Pond. We were told they arrived about three weeks earlier. As they allow close approach by humans and dogs, it is assumed they were farm-raised.

"Wild" Turkey hen

“Wild” Turkey hen

‘Twas a lovely winter afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds at and near Grenadier Pond.

Grenadier Pond photograph taken with camera on the ice.

Grenadier Pond photograph taken with camera on the ice.

Pseudo-macro shot of the ice

Pseudo-macro shot of the ice

A game of hockey on Grenadier Pond (High Park)

A game of hockey on Grenadier Pond (High Park)

Dog and his owner having fun on Grenadier Pond, High Park

Dog and his owner having fun on Grenadier Pond, High Park

Bo - a Chinese crested dog

Bo – a Chinese crested dog

We headed back to Burlington for supper at Mandarin, an all-you-can eat all-the-water-you-can-drink restaurant.  The plates are now so small you can’t even help yourself to more than four or five items lest something fall from your plate.  Logically this means more trips to the buffet but decorum dictates otherwise.  While you mentally wrestle with etiquette the server, nay, every server in your dining area, ensures you have an endless supply of water. Methinks 2016 is the year of the crafty! Tee hee!

Dinner at Mandarin

Dinner at Mandarin

January 24, 2016

At Lasalle Marina, Burlington:

Trio of American Coots

Trio of American Coots

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Domestic Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Domestic Duck

Domestic Duck

Spencer Smith Park and vicinity, Burlington

I arrived at the tail-end of the Robbie Burns 8km Road Race.

Robbie Burns 8 km run poster

Robbie Burns 8 km run poster

Robbie Burns run participant

Robbie Burns run participant

Robbie Burns run participant

Robbie Burns run participant

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Another happy participant

Next stop was Spencer Smith Park.

View of Brant Street Pier.

View of Brant Street Pier.

On the left of the pier Ruddy Ducks were drifting, stretching, preening, sleeping while Long-tailed Ducks foraged for sustenance.  On the right of the pier Redhead Ducks were approaching from the east.

I’m presently on the hunt for what will be #species no. 200.  I’m hoping I’ll get ‘er done this weekend!

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