Peregrine Falcon at Humber Bay /November 16, 2019

The average temperature on this day is 7 degrees. We walked this morning in cloudy, -10 degree conditions. The reward, however, was a long sighting of an adult Peregrine Falcon. Back on November 4 at Col. Sam Smith Park, we had a juvenile Peregrine.

I walked all about below the perched bird and took about 100 photos. Here are some of them:

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

It was so cold, that we had only 1 non-water-related bird species; some Dark-eyed Juncos.

Dark-eyed Junco (male)

Species list:  trumpeter swan, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, peregrine falcon, herring gull, ring-billed gull, dark-eyed junco.  (15 species)

Hooded Merganser (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
White-winged Scoters
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mallards

I don’t know why some people feel the urge to open their car windows after a fast food meal and toss the refuse out. It is, however apppreciated by gulls.

Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Park scenes:

Spindle-tree (Euonymus europaea)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

The geese honked overhead.
I ran to catch the skein
To watch them as they fled
In a long wavering line.         – May Sarton (1912–95)

Miles Hearn

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