A Trip to Lynde Shores

It had been awhile since Nigel and I had headed out to Lynde Shores so today we went for a little look-see. It was a great day to be out and we found a lot of critters on our walk. There is a specific trail in the park that has an abundance of animals, mostly due to the fact that they are well fed in the winter. We had brought along some seed as well and it wasn’t long before we had geese following us and squawking in the hopes of getting more food but we ignored them and pushed on.

We found the perfect tree to put out some seed and soon we were inundated by birds and other little critters. First up was a little chipmunk. He was not overly frightened of us but was startled by the slightest movement.

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

It was then that the Nuthatch appeared.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

Followed by some Blue Jays.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Not to be outdone by the other birds the Grackles soon appeared to get their share.

Grackel

Grackle

Continuing along the trail we spotted some deer and before they ran off I was able to get some quick shots of one of them.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

Before leaving the park we wanted to check one more trail out by the marsh and as we walked through the entrance a female cardinal greeted us.

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

There were few more birds and a squirrel by the marsh and after a few quick shots we headed home.

Another successful spring day out at Lynde Shores Conservation Area.

Sentinel

It was late afternoon before I decided to rip myself away from my computer and get out for a short walk at Claireville Conservation Area. Now, normally I park my car at the Finch Ave. entrance and head straight into the park from there, however, there is another path to the right that takes you under the Steeles Ave. and Highway 407 bridges and out into another section of the park I rarely explore. Boy was I glad I decided to do this trail. As I went under the bridges and turned a corner there he was. He was magnificent. A beautiful young white-tailed deer stood there just staring back at me.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

He stuck around for quite awhile and put up with me changing lenses to get better shots. I could tell he wasn’t super happy about my being there and yet he seemed curious enough to stick around. There certainly were plenty of ways to run away but the most he did was saunter down the road and then looked back at me. I thought he finally gave up when he walked uphill out of my site but then he showed up at the top of the hill right above me.

Sentinel

Sentinel

I mean, wow! How cool is that? I didn’t want to bug him too much longer so I packed up and went back the way I came. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I shot. I certainly wasn’t prepared to be stumbling on such a gem on my walk.