An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Tommy Thompson Park



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An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Tommy Thompson Park

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An Eastern Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma) was the icing on the cake for Bob’s and my bicycle tour around Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Ontario one Sunday.  Eager to check out the construction of new cells along the eastern perimeter of the Leslie Street Spit, we had embarked on a day-long circuitous route around the man-made peninsula in the hopes of seeing some shorebirds in the dwindling amount of water in the huge holes. Read more

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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

White-throated Sparrows in our Toronto backyard



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White-throated Sparrows in our Toronto backyard

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Our backyard was a beehive of activity all spring long with many migrating birds choosing to stop by for refreshment and food.  Several pairs of White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) seemed to find our property quite attractive for they stayed around for almost three weeks. Read more

The Ring-billed Gull Colony at Tommy Thompson Park



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The Ring-billed Gull Colony at Tommy Thompson Park

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On an outing to Tommy Thompson Park, Bob and I were in search of American Woodcocks in the Wet Woods, several having been sighted there a week earlier.  Although we only managed to flush a couple of those elusive birds, we certainly had no trouble photographing some of the thousands of Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) that had congregated at the Ring-billed Gull Colony at Tommy Thompson Park. Read more

Long-tailed duck with tracking device at Tommy Thompson Park



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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



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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



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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

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park



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Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park
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On our one and only outing to Tommy Thompson Park this past winter, Bob and I felt like kids let out of school for the summer.  It was a pleasantly warm, sunny day…typical March weather with a persistent wind out of the north that threatened to chill us to the bone if it weren’t for the strong rays of the sun beating down on our backs.  Still, winter had its icy grip on Toronto’s lakeshore. Read more

Wood Ducks at High Park in Toronto



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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

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