Yearly Archives: 2010

Gadwalls in the bay

A male gadwall (Anas strepera) in Ashbridge’s Bay on a recent winter day. © BCP 2010 Wild About The City is struggling with computer problems and is unable to do frequent site updates. ARGGGHHH! While I am working to straighten out the digital mess I have found myself in, I will try to at least […]

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Penny speaks

Penny, Ashbridge’s female mute swan (Cygnus olor) communicates with her mate, Tycho, last week. © BCP 2010 Penny and her long-time mate, Tycho, are mute swans (Cygnus olor). Don’t know why they’re called mute; they’re anything but. Perhaps it’s because the male and female of the species speak to each and their cygnets so softly. […]

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Penny and Tycho, still in (cygnine) love

Penny, left, and Tycho by the beaver lodge at Ashbridge’s Bay on Sat. Nov. 20.© BCP 2010 Here are Ashbridge’s Bay’s mute swan pair, Penny and Tycho. (Penny is on the left in the picture above.) I was out for a quick walk on Saturday afternoon, hoping perhaps to see the swans while I was […]

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Northern mockingbird at Bluffer’s Park

Scarborough Bluffs, on Lake Ontario’s north shore, east of downtown Toronto, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. © BCP 2010 Wouldn’t you know it? Saturday afternoon, I went looking for the lovely young trumpeter swan, C16, that had been visiting my neighbourhood park (Woodbine) last week. I headed straight for the Scarborough Bluffs, because the Trumpeter Swan […]

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The buffies are back in the bay!

The first of our overwintering buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) have returned to our bay. © BCP 2010 A great deal of excitement at Ashbridge’s Bay this week with the return of our winter ducks. The first batch of buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) and longtails (Clangula hyemalis) are back in the bay, and what a welcome sight they […]

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