We discovered this morning that High Park is now closed to vehicles on weekends in order to prevent overcrowding and potential virus spread.
This meant that those of us who drove had to park on nearby streets and walk into the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. Result was a good long walk this morning for all:
I’m told that the park will be open to automobiles for this week’s walks on Wednesday and Friday.
We were rewarded with a long look at a Belted Kingfisher:
Belted Kingfishers are found throughout Ontario, wherever there are small fish to catch and sand banks to tunnel into for nesting purposes.
They winter as far south as Panama and Trinidad
Some will winter in Ontario if there is open water.
Their rattling cry is a familiar sound along streams and lake borders.
The rusty side of this individual shows that it is a female.
Both sexes are generally blue above and white below and have ragged crests.
The huge bills distinguish them from Blue Jays.
Species list: great blue heron, American black duck, mallard, wood duck, hooded merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (17 species)
The sun’s away,
And the bird estranged;
The wind has dropped,
And the sky’s deranged;
Summer has stopped. – Robert Browning (1812–89)
Splendid pictures! (What was that Mallard eating? I can handle seeing this, now!)
The photos of the wood ducks look like beautiful oil paintings. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mergansers before. I liked the expression on the face of the blue heron. It reminds me of someone who has just woke up and doesn’t want to be disturbed.
My daughter was going to drive over to High Park on Saturday but decided to go elsewhere with her sons.
Covid has certainly changed plans for Torontonians.
gorgeous pictures, all of them…..always loved kingfishers!!!! thanks Miles…..