Red-tailed Hawk at Humber Bay / February 22, 2019

Today’s walk had a spring feel to it with a temperature of 0 degrees, a little overcast and NO wind.

The sky had a lovely peach-coloured hue.

This morning’s group:



Humber Bay attracts many picnic-ers in good weather and apple cores must frequently be tossed away, As a result, there are many small apple tree thriving here:

Apple
Apple

A Red-tailed Hawk graciously allowed us to have a good look at it:

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Yesterday’s Redtail showed all of its 12 tail feathers in flight:

Red-tailed Hawk

Other birds:

Mute Swan
American Robin
Common Goldeneye (male) and Long-tailed Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
European Starlings
Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile)
Long-tailed Ducks
Common Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers
White-winged Scoter (male juvenile)
Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)

Species list: mute swan, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, lesser scaup, greater scaup,  redhead, long-tailed duck, common goldeneye, bufflehead, white-winged scoter, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, great black-backed gull,  ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, song sparrow.  (22 species)

NATURE POETRY

A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.  – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

Miles Hearn

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