Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Evening in and near the Park


Ta-da!  That's pretty much how I felt when we caught our first glimpse of a chick in the Osprey nest on Friday.  So far we've only seen one so maybe this will be a spoiled only-chick.  Time will tell.

We checked in again on Sunday and spotted Clarke (the papa) getting ready to chow down on lunch.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Supper hour in the Park

Geoff and I went to the Park this evening to see if we could locate where the Swan family has relocated, but to no avail.  I have it on good authority that the parents have moved the cygnets upstream, where they will likely have a quieter life while the little ones are growing.  Hopefully they're doing well.

We did find a nice surprise though.  There are at least 8 Barn Swallow nests under the Parkinson Road bridge at the south end of the park, it was like a performance of Cirque du Soleil under there! Here are two adults and 3 chicks tucked away in one of the nests up under the bridge.  Looks like the chicks are squawking for their supper.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Peace in the Park

Did you know there are fossils to be found in Southside Park?

Early Saturday morning the male swan was keeping watch over his mate and the nest from the pond.

Blue Flag Irises

The Toulouse Geese playing mirror images :-)

Osprey update - penthouse view

Yesterday we stopped by to check on the nest and caught a glimpse of Lois in her penthouse nest (that's her head in the red oval).  As is the pattern with nesting ospreys, they've added more branches to the nest this year - making it even more difficult to see them.  It's likely their clutch of eggs will hatch in the next week or so but it will be well into July before we'll be able to see them from our vantage point on the ground.  No sign of Clarke while we were there.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

In the company of friends by the sea

This past Thursday, May 28th, was my friend Marilyn's 60th birthday so I traveled to Beresford, New Brunswick to join in the celebration.  The birthday cake was a delicious Cherry Cake made by Marilyn's sister Roseanne.

Here's a quick tour of some of the nature moments of the week.

American Goldfinches at Marilyn and Paul's feeder - two males and one female.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Marilyn and Paul also have two hummingbird feeders and this male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was a frequent visitor.

Isn't he cute?

A warm windy day at Beresford Beach.


Rhododendrons and bee outside Danny's Restaurant and Conference Centre.

Foggy evening looking north at the beach.

Sunset over the lagoon.

Rowing practice.

It was a great visit and vacation.  

Thanks for everything, Marilyn and Paul!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday in the park

All's still quiet at the Swan nest

the Toulouse Geese were out for a morning swim

the Canada Geese goslings were sitting around being adorable

all in all, a lovely spring morning

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Osprey nest update

We stopped by to check on the Osprey nest at the corner of Clarke Road and Fanshawe Road in London this afternoon and I managed to capture this shot of the male, Clarke, as he was leaving the nest.  Hopefully there will be eggs in the nest soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Swan nursery

There is a pair of swans at Southside Park and the family expansion program is underway for this year.  The City of Woodstock Parks Department lent a helping a hand and set up a seriously sturdy boundary for the nest area.

I'll provide an update when the eggs hatch and we know how big the family will be.