Roda’s Critter Connection – April 30, 2018

…..thanks to Roda for the hosting the Critter Connection

The swans today were very friendly and came right up to the edge of the beach. Of course when there’s food involved it’s not hard to entice them. I just wish that people gave more thought to what they feed the birds and more importantly teach their children that certain foods, like potato chips, can make birds sick. No kidding….when I got closer I saw what I thought was bread was actually potato chips.

Also these children were pretty young and they were very close to these big birds. I wonder if the parents know how nasty swans can get.P1060066
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Birds by the Lake

….most stay all year

Even though many birds migrate south in the fall, here in Toronto many of these migrating birds stay here all winter long. Now that the weather is starting to warm up and the sun has reappeared (although today is grey and raining) the swans, Canada geese and gulls happily go about their day and don’t seem to mind the close proximity of people, in fact some love the extra attention.

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Roda’s Critter Connection – April 9, 2108

…..despite the icy temperatures yesterday I ventured down to lake

I never tire of seeing the swans. Yesterday I brought with me the telephoto lens that fits onto my iPhone. I’m not sure I really needed it but I wanted to get as close as possible without scaring them off.

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Thanks to Roda for the hosting theCritter Connection Challenge.

WPC – Smile

….thanks to WordPress for this week’s theme smile

Today we woke up to grey skies and soon after it started to snow. Later in the afternoon the sun came out but it was short lived as a north west wind blew through bringing with it a blustery storm. I couldn’t believe how quickly the weather changed.

This is the view from our daughter’s house in Hamilton.

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Fortunately the blizzard only lasted about 10 minutes and once again the sun came out and so did my smile. Here are a few shots of blue sky, the sun and a trumpet of swans that reappeared when the weather changed. All things that bring a smile to my face after this long weird winter and quirky start to spring.

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Weather for the Dogs (and their owners)

…..spring like conditions continue in the Northern Hemisphere

The sun has come out and the temperatures have climbed well above freezing for more than a week now and it looks like will continue for another week or more. On Sunday my husband and I drove to High Park and took a nice long walk in the off leash area where dogs and their owners can walk, run and play. Earlier in the day I walked in the neighbourhood, where I also came across some dogs and lots of swans.

In High Park there were a lot more people and dogs and the walk was quite challenging due to the steep hill at the end of the walk. When you start downhill you know that at some point you have to go up again.

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