Extremely Close Wood Ducks in High Park: July 13, 2022

In most parts of Ontario, Wood Ducks will flee at the first hint of human beings. You have to be fortunate to get a distant photo like this:

Wood Ducks (male)

Perhaps this is due to the time in the early 1900’s when it was considered an endangered species because of over hunting.

Today, in High Park, a gorgeous female flew out the pond and landed on a railing close to me:

Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck feet

Years of living in the park with its many human visitors and, perhaps, learning from their trusting neighbours the Mallards, Wood Ducks here allow very close approach.

Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (female) and Red-eared Sliders
Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck chick
Wood Duck (female) and Red-eared Slider
Wood Duck chick
Wood Duck (female)

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
Peacock (male)
Peacock (male)
Peacock (male)
Common Grackle
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Last week, we saw Purple Martins nesting in a broken light fixture:

Purple Martin nest

This week, the pole and light are gone and the martins are nesting in the bird house:

Purple Martin tail feathers and House Sparrow
Purple Martin
Purple Martin with chick
Purple Martin with chick
Purple Martin

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Sometimes at night the crickets stop
Their chirping, and I know
The things that hunt by moonlight
Are prowling there below.                         – Benjamin Rice (1903–78)

Miles Hearn

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