Windy and Very Cold at Ashbridges Bay: February 2021

As snow was predicted for mid-morning, I headed out just after sunrise to Ashbridge’s Bay.

I was here last February and got these photos of a Red Fox. As you can see there was no snow.

Some birds from this morning:

Bufflehead (female)
Buffleheads
Buffleheads
Rd-breasted Merganser (male)
Rd-breasted Merganser (female)
Rd-breasted Mergansers
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls with Iceland Gull (black bill, larger size and no gray on wings)
Ring-billed Gulls in front; Herring Gulls behind
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Christmas ornament

Some botany:

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Larch (Larix decidua)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)

I received these photos of a snow bunting seen along the lake south of Kerr St and Lakeshore in Oakville.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

NATURE POETRY

The speckled sky is dim with snow,
The light flakes falter and fall slow;
Athwart the hilltop, rapt and pale,
Silently drops a silvery veil;
And all the valley is shut in
By flickering curtains gray and thin.       – John Townsend Trowbridge (1827–1916)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Windy and Very Cold at Ashbridges Bay: February 2021

  1. Debi

    Great photos!
    Thanks for sharing my snow bunting. It was exciting to come across that Pretty little bird.
    I also had fox activity yesterday! Beautiful animal. No shy! Came right up to back windows and then checked out the bird feeding station, climbed the fence and moved on.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks for the beautiful Snow Bunting photos, Debi!
    A moment of shock for me at the sight of the “frozen stiff” bird (ha ha) before reading it was an ornament.
    Good thing the winter ducks and other birds featured are built to stay warm!
    Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Miles–and your brave willingness to take on the cold. The fox (and I guess the poor squirrel she or he was feeding upon) was also great. (Yes, poor whatever it was–but we all have to eat!)

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