Dawn, a Travelling Beaver and a Gorgeous Cardinal: November 6, 2021

As the days become shorter and daylight savings time has not yet arrived, the 8 am Saturday group began today at dawn at Col. Sam Smith Park.

8 am group:

Shortly after beginning, we noticed a swimming beaver.

Beaver

This led us to following it as it travelled west along the Lake Ontario coast, did a u turn at the end of the peninsula and headed east to the beaver lodge:

Beaver
Beaver
Beaver
Beaver
Beaver
Beaver Lodge

The 11:30 group had an excellent, close look at a female Cardinal:

Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)

11:30 am group:

Other birds today:

Bufflehead (female)
Gadwall (male)
Canada Geese
American Black Duck
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Red-necked Grebe
Red-breasted Mergansers (female)
Mute Swans
Mallards
Mute Swans
Red-necked Grebe
Mute Swans
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow
European Starlings
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
female Hooded Merganser with fish
female Hooded Merganser with fish
Great Blue Heron
female Hooded Merganser with fish

View of Marie Curtis Park water tower from Col. Sam Smith Park:

tower at Marie Curtis Park

NATURE POETRY

Oh sing we now the Holy Weeds
That flourish in the ditch,
For they are for the meek in needs,
They are not for the rich. – Margaret Atwood

From “The God’s Gardeners Oral Hymnbook”

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Dawn, a Travelling Beaver and a Gorgeous Cardinal: November 6, 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    It seems that the fish got snatched from the female Hooded Merganser, first by a male Hooded Merganser, then by a Gull, according to remaining witnesses.
    What a glorious day. And what terrific pictures you got of it. Thanks, Miles!

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