A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park



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A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

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When I suggested a walk in Rouge National Urban Park one day, I jokingly said that maybe we would see an owl.  About an hour later, that prediction came true when I almost walked up to a beautiful Barred Owl sitting low in a small deciduous tree. Read more

A Question Mark Butterfly at Rouge National Park



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A Question Mark Butterfly at Rouge National Park

Question mark butterfly along the Cedar Trail at Rouge National Park, Toronto, Ontario

Bob and I had not entertained our youngest son and his wife for quite some time, so in early August, we got together to catch up on all the news.  Not being ones to sit around and visit ad infinitum, after passing a couple of hours on our backyard deck, I suggested a bit of a walk to work up an appetite for dinner.  Cedar Trail at Rouge National Urban Park is close by, and we promised that we would not stand around for hours photographing birds, but the chance sighting of a Question Mark Butterfly did hold us up for several minutes with no complaints from our company. Read more

Mink hunting fish on Lake Ontario shoreline



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Mink hunting fish on Lake Ontario shoreline

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After a spate of hot, humid weather, Bob and I seized the first day of below-seasonal temperatures to go cycling in Toronto.  While cruising along the Lake Ontario shoreline at the bottom of Rouge National Urban Park, we spotted a Mink loping along the rocky shore with a floppy fish dangling from its mouth. Read more

Wood Duck and ducklings at Rouge Park



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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

Bufflehead Ducks at Rouge National Park in Toronto



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Bufflehead Ducks at Rouge National Park in Toronto

Bufflehead, Rouge National Park, Toronto

Late one fall, Bob and I hiked a new trail at Rouge National Park, here in Toronto, Ontario.  We were amazed at how remote it felt on the edge of a big city, and the Bufflehead ducks that are from the Arctic seemed right at home. Read more