Today I drove (still no traffic) to the Heber Down CA just north of Oshawa. A “down” (usually spelled “downs”) refers to ” a rolling upland characterized by a lack of trees and used mainly as pasture.”
In fact, there is quite a variety of terrain here and many families were out walking on this sunny, -5 degree day.
Some of the trail goes by a stream:
and by a pond:
There is some snow and ice remaining:
Though not as exciting perhaps as the Barred Owl I photographed on March 19, I did hear my first Killdeer of the spring flying far overhead. No other migrant birds except for Robins who might be found here in winter.
Species list: Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin.
In my backyard, the male Goldfinches are starting to get their gold breeding plumage.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)