today in the Hamilton region
lezned at yorku.ca
Sun Feb 22 19:27:07 EST 2004
Of course today was one of those 'have to get out and just enjoy it'
days of early Spring/late Winter, but there were also rewards in the
At Fruitland Road end, there were a number of the standard species
(lots of White Wing Scoters and Common Goldeneye, plus tons of
Long-Tails and a few Scaup). My wife caught sight of what appeared to
be a Barrow's Goldendeye, but by the time I got the scope out I could
only find Common. There were also Red-Breasted Merg's.
As we worked our way up the coast, we saw more of the same, plus some
Surf Scoters, and then discovered a massive exercise of the gendarmerie
around the Windermere Basin/Tollgate Ponds area, where the road was
blocked off (was this an exercise associated with the immenent
Conference, or some local event??). At any rate, we defaulted to the
canal under the lift bridge, where in addition to the usual species
(many many beautiful male Long-Tails discussing loudly their
suitability to be chosen by the equally numerous females), we sighted
an exquisite male WOOD-DUCK perched on the middle 'rail' of the
side-wall opposite the drive-in under the bridge. It was there around
noon, and for some time, but then vanished, perhaps due to dogs being
walked along the causeway on that side of the canal.
We finished with a hike in the Hendrie Valley, which featured a
MOCKINGBIRD which was posing for a photograph for several minutes,
giving both left and right profiles to an attentive photographer near
the site where many have seen the Brown Thrasher and Catbird. We did
see a couple of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, but not the reported Fox
Sparrow (seen earlier in the day, of course).
It's good to be alive and able to get out and enjoy the beauties with
which we are surrounded , is it not?
Professor Gene Denzel
Information Technology Program
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
York University 416-736-5250
Gene Denzel <lezned at yorku.ca>
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