Flying Human over Lake Ontario: September 2021

I went to Col. Sam Smith Park hoping to photograph migrating warblers but came up empty handed.

I did, however, see quite a sight out in the bay. An amazing performance by a wind surfer.

I was told that training for this sport can be done in a shallow water situation on Lake Simcoe. The gentleman in these photos was clearly an expert performing over deep water and close to a rocky coastline.

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Some birds:

Double-crested Cormorants
European Starling
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Red-necked Grebes
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Mallards
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Mallards with Purple Loosestrife
Herring Gull (juvenile)
European Starling
Song Sparrow
European Starlings
Song Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow (male)
Great Blue Heron
House Sparrow (male)
Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch (female)
Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch (female)
Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)

MYSTERY BIRD

I have only this time been able to photograph the red eye of the Red-eyed Vireo.

Red-eyed Vireo

NATURE STORY

Thank-you to Adele Koehnke for this!

Future Botanist

A small boy with green shoes holds a tiny pink flower in his right hand between his thumb and index finger on the TTC bus.  We are all headed west on Shepherd Avenue East on a hot August day.  I sit across from the boy.  I see he likes his tiny pink flower.  He pats it.  He lifts it.  He lowers his mask a little to smell it.  His older brother scowl-growls, “Cover your nose with your mask.”  Little boy obeys big brother.The little boy still studies his flower.  He prods his mom to look.  He offers the flower to his mom.  She pays him no heed.  Mom is engrossed in her phone.  He continues to explore his tiny pink flower.  He examines its centre.  He supports it in a fatherly way.  He studies his flower.   He taps it on the cool bus rail.  He performs experiments.

Oh no.  Big brother grabs the flower.  He throws it to the floor.  The little boy picks it up and he throws it to the floor too.  Gotta be like big brother.  But — when big brother looks away, right away the little boy picks his flower up gently.

I look out the bus window for a few minutes.  Next time I look the little boy has no flower.  He must have dropped it or it fell apart.  He gets off the bus with big brother and mom.

He is gone and so is his flower … somewhere on life’s floor.

3 thoughts on “Flying Human over Lake Ontario: September 2021

  1. Alan C.

    Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing photos, at Toronto, circa 2021-09, Excellent! ! Thank You Miles for some information about ‘Kiting’ as well!

    By the way, indirectly related, TorontoWindsurfingClub.com has it’s 39th outer harbour ‘Mammoth’ marathon race, near 2 Regatta Rd, Lakeshore Blvd East + Cherry St area, S.E., Sun, Sept 19, slated for 11:00 a.m. Personally, I am hoping to enjoy the LTW (Beginners) course. Sailing, can be sublime. Windsurfing, ‘divine’.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks, Adele! What a beautiful piece of writing; what a poignant (but nevertheless inspiring) vignette! May this child retain his sense of wonder and appreciation relating to nature’s beauty.
    As for the “flying human”–he sure had a beautiful city backdrop for what he was doing! (And yes–he is undeniably skilled. Must be exhilarating!)
    Great pictures, again, from Col. Sam Smith. I can hardly wait to get there this coming Saturday!
    Thanks, Miles!

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