Rattray Marsh is the last remaining coastal wetland in the western basin of Lake Ontario. The area, which features a rare natural cobble beach, was saved from being turned into a marina in 1972 by Credit Valley Conservation.
It was a lovely 11 degree December morning and, though the marsh water levels are very low, there were a few birds including this bathing Blue Jay:
There is a wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o’er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was. – Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)