Wood ducks relocated from Mimico Creek oil spill

Wood ducks relocated from Mimico Creek oil spill

Wood duck at Lower Ressor Pond in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

By word of a fellow Facebook member who frequents South Reesor Pond even more often than we do, Bob and I came to know about three young Wood Ducks that recently were relocated to this small body of water in northeast Toronto.  We had occasion to photograph mature males and females at High Park in the spring, and very young hatchlings in Rouge National Urban Park a couple of years ago, so we were eager to observe a few juveniles. Read more

Wood Duck and ducklings at Rouge Park

Wood Duck and ducklings at Rouge Park

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On Father’s Day, my family teamed up for a hike in Rouge Park, in Toronto, Ontario.  For a change of scenery, my brother-in-law suggested a section of trail new to us, beginning just off of Meadowvale Road at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.  It was towards the end of our day’s explorations that we came upon a female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) and several ducklings at the ponds along the Cedar Trail. Read more

Long-tailed duck with tracking device at Tommy Thompson Park

Long-tailed duck with tracking device at Tommy Thompson Park

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It isn’t as if Bob and I have never seen Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) before, previously known as Oldsquaws, but on one visit this spring to Tommy Thompson Park, we noticed something quite unusual about this female as it swam near the lift bridge on the Leslie Street Spit. Read more

Redhead ducks at Tommy Thompson Park

Redhead ducks at Tommy Thompson Park

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Bob and I could think of no better way to shed the winter blahs than to go for a hike at Tommy Thompson Park, on the Leslie Street Spit here in Toronto, Ontario.  That is where we came across a raft of Redhead Ducks (Aythya americana). Read more

Greater Scaups at Tommy Thompson Park

Greater Scaups at Tommy Thompson Park

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It always amazes me the different species of ducks that one can find right in your own backyard.  Such was the case when Bob and I visited Tommy Thompson Park here in Toronto where we came across numerous Greater Scaups (Aythya marila). Read more

Wood Ducks at High Park in Toronto

Wood Ducks at High Park in Toronto

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Bob and I had made several attempts to photograph Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) at High Park over the past year, but it wasn’t until one sunny morning early this spring that we actually succeeded in finding a pair of them in favourable light conditions that helped to show off their stunning plumage. Read more

Redhead Ducks In Toronto Harbour

Redhead Ducks In Toronto Harbour

redhead duck swimming in toronto harbour

One of the highlights of our winter day trip aboard a Toronto Island Ferry to Ward’s Island, one of 13 islands in Toronto Harbour, was seeing a real proliferation of ducks, some of which were wintering in Southern Ontario from the Arctic.  One such species was the striking Redhead Duck (Aythya americana). Read more

American Wigeon ducks at Boundary Bay in British Columbia

American Wigeon ducks at Boundary Bay in British Columbia

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Bob and I were keen to visit Boundary Bay Regional Park near Vancouver, British Columbia because, from my home in Ontario, I have monitored, for the past couple of years, bird sightings at that particular location.  Recognized as a major preserve for migratory birds there on the Pacific Flyway, our hopes were high for spotting some species of waterfowl uncommon in our own locale.  We were not disappointed when, adjacent to Centennial Beach, we spotted a raft of American Wigeon ducks (Anas americana). Read more