Rusty Blackbird by Unwin Ave: February 2022

En route to a recent TDSB walk at Ashbridge’s Bay, I visited the area near the Unwin Avenue bridge.

Trumpeter and 2 Mute Swans

The bridge is very near the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park – just west of Leslie Street.

This is a haven for Trumpeter Swans.

Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans and Mallards
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans

I also found Greater Scaup, some Lesser Scaup, Redheads, Common Goldeneye, Mute Swans, Mallards and American Coots.

Common Goldeneye (female) and Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup (male)
American Coot
American Coot and Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
American Coot
Greater Scaup
Mute Swan
Greater Scaup and a Mallard (female)
Redhead (male)
Greater Scaup (male)

There is a small bird feeding area which attracts American Tree Sparrows and Cardinals among others.

American Tree Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (female)
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow

I was surprised to find a Rusty Blackbird feeding on the ground.

Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird

These Robin-sized blackbirds with a pale yellow eye are uncommon in our area. They are rusty only in the fall and winter. By spring and summer, they look like Red-winged Blackbirds without the red wings.


Do you recognize this bird?

Clever dog with Coots


The years have linings just as goblets do:
The old year is the lining of the new,
Filled with the wine of precious memories,
The golden was doth line the silver is.                  – Charlotte Fiske Bates (1838–1916)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Rusty Blackbird by Unwin Ave: February 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Great area, sweet picture of swans being friendly. The dog picture made me laugh, and we can all use a laugh these days!

  2. Gloria James

    I agree with Lisa we need some humour in our lives. I actually found a funny ad on CBC while watching the Olympics. An office worker uses his briefcase to demonstrate Olympic sports — curling stone, skating, and the sled used for the skeleton event. I know it looked crazy but I thought it was very creative!


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