Daily Walk: Signs of Spring in Canada

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted one of my Daily Walks. To be honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot that really enticed me to take pictures!

I mean, I still walk ever day (almost) and as long as you’re dressed for the weather, it feels great to be out. The air feels fresh and crisp. The birds are chirping. My dog Burger is running around like the crazy goof that he is!

This winter here in Atlantic Canada has been a mixed bag, but relatively mild. There wasn’t even a lot of snow compared to years past. Global warming, maybe?

The snow was gone until we had a snowstorm last week. The rain washed it all away, and patches of dirty white stuff is all we have left.

Signs of spring: I’ve seen robins! But they were too quick and too skittish with Burger running around for me to get a photo. But I did get a picture of the first pussy willows!fullsizeoutput_531

On my walk yesterday, I saw a Red Winged Blackbird. It was too quick and too far away for me to get a decent picture. There was a pair of them last year so I was excited to see them back. Well, at least one of them is back!

Here is something that I’ve never seen at this park before:fullsizeoutput_532

Nope. It’s not the Loch Ness Monster.

I watched this little guy swim all over the reservoir. When he finally peeped his head up and saw me, he jumped up in the air and splashed straight down into the water with a slap! My guess is it’s a beaver. They slap their tails on the water when they’re not happy and I don’t think he was too happy with me watching him!

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At the park, I often see Mallard ducks and Canada geese, but this little duck is one I’ve never seen before. There’s about five of them, one of them being white. They are pretty elusive, they keep their distance from Burger and I so it’s hard to get a good picture.

 

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Photo of a Bafflehead duck from the website Natural Crooks-An Honest Crook Shares Her Love of Nature

 

I’m thinking it’s this little guy on the left. It’s a Bufflehead duck. The males have the white whereas the females are dark.

Baffleheads normally stop over in Lake Ontario before heading north to nest, so I can’t help but wonder if they got a little lost alongΒ the way.

They’re pretty cool to watch, especially when they dive and disappear.

From what I’ve read here, they eat mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic invertebrates. I hope they get enough to eat!

How is spring coming along where you live?

If you’re in the southern hemisphere, what’s your fall like?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jo-Ann

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Replies to “Daily Walk: Signs of Spring in Canada”

  1. Spring is nonexistent here! 😦 I think we’ll just skip right over it and go straight to summer at this rate. I feel so bad for the trees cause they want to bloom their gorgeous green but they keep getting punked with this snow! Thanks for sharing your bit of Spring, Jo-Ann. πŸ™‚

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  2. Spring’s been slow to come in my neck of the woods, but hopefully by this weekend it’ll be here to stay. (I keep saying that every week. πŸ˜„) I’m looking forward to getting back to my daily evening walks.

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