Look Who’s Coming to Dinner: December 2021

The large parking lot at Serena Gundy Park also serves Wilket Creek Park and Sunnybrook Park.

This parking lot is a mecca for those who enjoy feeding birds. Over the years, many feeders have been strung up or nailed up:

These feeders are regularly stocked by interested nature observers and today I saw many of the usual clients:

White-breasted Nuthatch
Squirrel
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Squirrel
Mourning Doves
Blue Jay
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Squirrel
Blue Jay
Squirrel
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Mourning Dove
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Mourning Dove

What I wasn’t expecting were Mallards:

Mallards
Mallards

A lady continuously threw cups of crushed corn to the approximately 75 who were present. This must be a regular occurrence.

Good news on the feeding front travels quickly and a Pekin Duck is now front and centre of the action:

Pekin Duck
Pekin Duck and Mallards
Pekin Duck and Mallards
Pekin Duck and Mallards
Pekin Duck and Mallards
Pekin Duck and Mallards
Pekin Duck and Mallards

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NATURE POETRY

Listen . . . With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.                                                                    – Adelaide Crapsey (1878–1914)

Miles Hearn

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