Category Archives: Lake Ontario

A post for Libby — A long-tailed duck up close and personal

A male long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) surfaces with food — a zebra mussel, perhaps? — after a deep dive in the inner bay Saturday at Ashbridge’s. © BCP 2011. There are still huge numbers of long-tailed ducks in the inner bay at Ashbridge’s Park, enjoying their winter vacation down south. South for them, at least. […]

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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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Cormorant in the Keating Channel

A double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) dries its wings in the Keating Channel last week.  © BCP 2010 Well. Here is the bird that everyone loves to hate, minding its own business in the Keating Channel last week. Not bothering anyone, just drying its wings mid-morning in the intense heat of a blazing late summer sun. […]

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An American toad at the Rattray Marsh

An American toad (Bufo americanus) is indifferent to my approach at the Rattray Marsh on Thursday.  © BCP 2010 I decided on the eve of the first day of summer that I would write about this placid toad that I encountered this past Thursday on my exploratory excursion to the Rattray Marsh in south Mississauga. […]

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Lake Ontario — our aquamarine jewel

Lake Ontario on Good Friday, April 2, 2010. © BCP 2010 Good Friday! Yes, it certainly is. And a beautiful one, too. With a record-breaking weekend ahead of us, temperature-wise, it seems like spring couldn’t get much better. I stopped to snap this picture of our beautiful lake as it caught my eye on the […]

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