The Altona Forest just east of Toronto has special significance for me. Part of the land was donated by my Grandfather and is now an ecological reserve.
I have spent many hours wandering about this forest since my earliest memories. Some of the birds that I was seeing and hearing today (-1 degree and sun/cloud mix) were likely the ancestors of birds I heard and saw when I was a young boy.
There were no spring migrant birds but I did have American Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee and American Goldfinch.
Scenes from the trail:
Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. – Albert Einstein (1879–1955)