Monthly Archives: April 2010

Update on the Ashbridge’s Bay swans, Penny and Tycho

Tycho comes by at sunset to say hello. © BCP 2010 As I mentioned in an earlier post, our much-loved local swan pair, Penny and Tycho, have set up housekeeping this spring in a new location, moving their nest from the little point across from the boardwalk where Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club has its picnic […]

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Ah spring, when tamaracks produce tiny — pineapples?

New cones of the tamarack tree, (Larix laricina), at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in mid-April. © BCP 2010 Tamaracks, one of our land’s most beautiful native trees, are really very special creatures. They’re deciduous conifers. Huh? Didn’t we learn in grade school that there were two kinds of trees — deciduous ones like oak, maple and birch, […]

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Tree swallows at Col. Sam Smith Park

A tree swallow stares me down last weekend at Col. Sam Smith Park along the western waterfront. © BCP 2010 How delightful that the tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) at Col. Sam Smith Park don’t seem to mind posing for the camera. Maybe it’s just because they are used to all the foot traffic along the […]

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Wild apple blossoms out at the beach

A wild apple tree (Malus domestica) explodes into bloom at Ashbridge’s Bay, April 20, 2010. © BCP 2010 The days keep warming up and the joys of spring keep unfolding. It’s as perfect (and how wonderful that it’s so early) a spring as I’ve ever witnessed. Today I’m posting several shots of one lone wild […]

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Killdeers by the footpath at Ashbridge’s Bay

A killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) looks for grub in the dying rays of the sun, Monday, April 19, 2010. © BCP 2010 I got a special treat this week — saw a pair of killdeers at the beach. In all my years of walking around our Beach neighbourhood, and more particularly Ashbridge’s Bay Park, I have […]

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