A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto



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A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto

We sighted this Coopers Hawk sitting in a tree in Goldhawk Park in Toronto, Ontario.  I think you would agree, it is only fitting that the bird landed in “Goldhawk” Park given its color and that it’s a hawk. Read more

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Our travels from Domburg to Queen’s Day in Amsterdam



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Our travels from Domburg to Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

During our last few days in Holland, we headed towards the North Sea coast in the Dutch province of Zeeland.  Once there, we stayed in Zeeland’s oldest seaside resort village of Domburg. Read more

Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Provincial Park



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Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Provincial Park

Ruffed Grouse near algonquin park

With fall drawing to a quick close, Bob and I took advantage of the weather for one last autumn hike in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario.  We are always on the search for wildlife so were pleased to come upon a Ruffed Grouse.

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Barred Owl sighted along Duffin’s Creek near Markham, Ontario



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Barred Owl sighted along Duffin’s Creek near Markham, Ontario

Barred Owl looking back at me with yellow sky

Bob and I were hiking along a small creek called Duffin’s Creek, in Markham, Ontario.  As the sun was sinking lower and time was getting on, we were making our way back towards the trailhead when Bob’s eye suddenly registered an usual silhouette in a tree when he glanced to the right.  There sat a Barred Owl that had seen us coming. Read more

Red and Grey Squirrels in Canada and Ireland



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Red and Grey Squirrels in Canada and Ireland

Many different types of animals live in the forests of Ontario, but size aside, you most certainly will come upon the smallest four-legged animals that call the forests of Ontario home.  Those would be squirrels.  This chipmunk is a member of the squirrel family, and this little guy lives in the trees around my parents’ home at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario.  Read more

Our visit to Delft the Dutch city of Orange and Blue



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Our visit to Delft the Dutch city of Orange and Blue

buildings and bikes along canal - delft - the netherlands

It has been over 750 years since the City of Delft was granted city rights.  The name Delft comes from the Dutch word meaning delve or digging.  As we soon learned firsthand, Delft is still surrounded by canals.  Read more

Red-tailed Hawk in Markham, Ontario



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Red-tailed Hawk in Markham, Ontario

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On a hike at the Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham, Ontario, we came upon this Red-tailed Hawk sitting in a tree above the hiking trail. Read more

Wild Turkeys on a snowy road in Ontario



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Wild Turkeys on a snowy road in Ontario

Wild Turkeys getting off Hwy 35 near Dorset, Ontario

On a windy, snowy day in Ontario, Bob and I headed north towards Algonquin Provincial Park on one of our frequent treks in that direction.  It was a particularly stormy day as we navigated the highway, and, as always, we were watching for wildlife.  But suddenly we came upon a group of Eastern wild turkey’s on the road. Read more

Windmills At Zaanse Schans In The Netherlands

Windmills At Zaanse Schans In The Netherlands

After taking two days to tour the fields where tulips are cultivated, and to revel in the show of spring flowers at Keukenhof Gardens, it was time to make our way to the village of Zaanse Schans to view the large collection of windmills that still stand there in the Netherlands.  Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, Holland had over 10,000 windmills; today, that number has dwindled to near 1,000.  Most of the 10,000 original windmills were used to power industries,  but that ended with the industrial revolution.  Those that survived were either grinding grain or draining fields out in the country. Read more

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