After a long winter, I am always eager to see and hear the first spring arrival of migrant birds. The first two are usually Red-winged Blackbird and Song Sparrow. We had plenty of both at Humber Bay on this 2 degree, partly cloudy morning.
We also heard lots of “squeaking” from Common Grackles:
Starlings and both dove species were present:
A Horned Grebe in winter plumage is on its way north:
A few duck species which spend the winter with us are still here:
Red-necked Grebes were singing their unique songs:
Here are some of the year-round residents:
Many nesting boxes have been put out for Tree Swallows. Unfortunately, the swallows are not back yet and House Sparrows have taken over some of the boxes:
Alder catkins are very colourful:
This morning’s group:
Some views of the park:
I’m bright as an angel, and light as a feather,
But heavy and dark, when you squeeze me together.
Though candor and truth in my aspect I bear,
Yet many poor creatures I help to insnare.
Though so much of Heaven appears in my make,
The foulest impressions I easily take.
My parent and I produce one another,
The mother the daughter, the daughter the mother. – Jonathan Swift, “On Snow” (1667–1745)