Saturday, 4 June 2016

Summertime Views

                                           Tiger Swallowtail on Verbena
                                          Gray Catbird
                                          Northern Oriole
                                          Backyard Bandit
Tiger Swallowtail on Rhododendron
Horse chestnut Blossom
Cedar Waxwing
40 year-old rhododendron
black swallowtail caterpillars on dill
ruby-throated hummingbird on black & blue salvia


Friday, 9 November 2012

Foxes of Toronto

As foxes are generally timid and secretive,it is surprising how often they are encountered when you are visiting many of Toronto's parks.

Hunting Vixen
Hidden Treasure
Looking hungry
no time to waste 
where's Mom 
here she is
perfect camouflage
sly but shy

good pals
off to hunt
sleeping kit
maybe if I hide here

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Herons of Toronto

Great blue, green, and black crowned night herons frequent most of Toronto's larger parks and often appear in unexpected places where minimal water features attract them for a possible meal of frogs, snakes and fish.

Great Blue Heron


Got a fish!

A social bird, the heron

Green Heron

Great Egret

Unsuccessful stab

Black-crowned night heron

Looks like a "treed penguin"

Friday, 13 January 2012

Northern Mockingbird (A winter visitor/resident)

This northern mockingbird appeared on New Year's Day and stayed in our yard for the months of January, February and March eating suet and several varieties of berries around the neighbourhood. Other than the occasional call (a sharp kissing noise) the bird was relatively quiet. Perching on fences, posts and clotheslines during daytime, it appeared to spend the nights in dense evergreens and shrubbery. Very people tolerant.

Mockingbird nestlings
A first for our backyard birdfeeders!

So often unseen.