March often alternates spring-like days with winter-like days. Winter reigned today as the final 2022 winter walk took place in steady snow showers.
Wood ducks, perhaps the most beautiful of our North American species, are usually very shy and flee at the first sight of a human intruder. In High Park, however, they are very used to us and allow a close approach. During my other winter walks none were seen here, but several have now returned from their winter quarters in south eastern North America.
Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues;
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews. – Robert Burns (1759–96)