Wild Turkeys at Lynde Shores: March 13, 2020

I have been visiting Lynde Shores (a few kms east of Whitby) since I was a child. In those days it was called Levay’s Woods after a cottage owned by Naomi LeVay who was a friend of my grandparents Dr. and Mrs. J. Murray Speirs. Here is a quote from her 2000 obituary: She was for many years a well-known Toronto naturalist (associate of H.M. Halliday, J.M. Baillie, R.M. Saunders and J.M. Speirs), and had nature oriented poems and essays published in a number of Canadian periodicals. 

Now that my TDSB winter walks are finished, I am visiting various natural areas within an hour’s drive of Toronto.

Lynde shores is a popular place to take children to see and feed birds up close. Over the years all of this seed has attracted Wild Turkeys. There were about 10 present this morning in 6 degree, windy and overcast conditions.

Males have an odd-looking feather in the breast:

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, common merganser, turkey vulture, wild turkey, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, American robin, northern cardinal, song sparrow.  (13 species)

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbirds (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbirds (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Canada Geese
American Robin
American Black Ducks

Some Botany:

Chickadee drilling in Goldenrod gall
White Birch (Betula papyrifera_
European Birch (Betula pendula)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Greenshield Lichen

Park Scenes:

Osprey nesting platform

Park Signs:


Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare.          – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Wild Turkeys at Lynde Shores: March 13, 2020

  1. Pamela E Parker

    I am now looking forward to, thanks to your wonderful pictures, going to the Lynde Shores Conservation Area.


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