January 23, 2016
Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke
Nothing like waking up with a little ice on your back.
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.)
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.
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.
‘Twas a lovely winter afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds at and near Grenadier Pond.
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!
January 24, 2016
At Lasalle Marina, Burlington:
Spencer Smith Park and vicinity, Burlington
I arrived at the tail-end of the Robbie Burns 8km Road Race.
Next stop was Spencer Smith Park.
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!