Feeding the Birds at Darlington Provincial Park: March 2021

I was last here in May of 2020. At the time, all parks were closed for Covid reasons and I parked far away and walked in. It was exciting to find a Pine Warbler at that time:

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

It was too early in the season for warblers on this day but I did have my first Golden-crowned Kinglet of the season:

Golden-crowned Kinglet

A few Good Samaritans bring feed for the birds here and this enabled me to get many photos:

Red Squirrel
Northern Cardinal (female)
Blue Jay
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red Squirrel
Common Grackle
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Dark-eyed Junco (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Mallards
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee after bath
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Some botany:

Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Sunburst Lichen
Larch needles
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Moss
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Blue-beech (Carpinus caroliniana)

Park views:

MAILBOX

On telling a friend that I was considering visiting Darlington Provincial Park, I got this e-mail : Isn’t that at Darlington as well? (The nuclear power station) And why, I ask, would the powers that be make an area where there IS one (if there is)  a Provincial  Park??!!  Doesn’t that strike you as skating on thin ice? Being right on the thin edge of the wedge? Were the birds you photographed all fluorescent? Was the little woody stream valley giving off shimmering energy? Was the water at the beach a sparkling greenish-yellow? Brrr.

NATURE THOUGHT

A heart without love is a springtime without roses. – Massenet from the opera Cendrillon

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Feeding the Birds at Darlington Provincial Park: March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Ahhhh, yes. What a beautiful place. What fantastic pictures of so many gorgeous birds! And wonderful botany! And– the Wayfaring Tree!
    And of course– no offense to your friend!– the obvious jokes. I thought of some, too.
    Well, whatever makes it all beautiful, it certainly was! Wonderful pictures! Worthy of an elegant coffee table book. When is the exhibit? Thanks, Miles!

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