Woody Woodpecker & Friends

My friend Nigel and I headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens this morning. Our goal was to photograph some of the local birds that were sticking around for winter.

Male Downey Woodpecker

Male Downey Woodpecker

Things were a little quiet as we started hiking the trail and we weren’t sure we would find any birds to photograph. Luckily, about halfway down the trail we found a number of different birds with a surprise visit from a red-bellied woodpecker. We were also visited by a Downey woodpecker and a Blue Jay.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male Bluejay

Male Bluejay

As we headed further along the trail we spotted a nuthatch who came a little closer in the hopes of some seed.

White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Although the start of the hike was very quiet we were successful in getting our photographs of the local bird life. A very successful day on the trail.

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.

A Bird Walk

I had heard that a long eared owl had taken up residence at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke so Nigel Banks and I went to see if we could spot it. Once at the park we started wandering down the path but we really didn’t know where to look. Bumping into a birder he was kind enough to let us know the owl was hiding in the sumac bushes.  The owl had gone deep into the sumac and it was difficult to get a shot but we made do. Staying a safe distance away so as not to startle the bird.

In Hiding

In Hiding

He seemed pretty bored with us checking him out. Guess he was used to being a celebrity 😉

From there Nigel and I decided to go to Humber Bay Park in the north end of town. We knew we could find some little chickadees to feed and we hoped to spot a deer or two in the meantime. On the path along the Humber river we stopped to feed the birds, taking turns so each of us could get a shot. Normally, its just the chickadees who are brave enough to eat out our hands but this time we were surprised when a white-breasted nuthatch decided to try as well.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

There was also a woodpecker around but he was only brave enough to get as close as Nigel’s feet. No photograph of him though. Still! It was a great experience. Humber river is a great place to feed the birds in winter.