Local birds have a wide variety of places to build their nests.
The condo above boasts several levels, real shingles on the roof and a white fence out front.
Bird condo #2
There are real shingles on this condo too. And someone has taken the time to paint the walls white and add shutters. The front door looks permanently closed but three windows, the garage door and two round openings are forever open.
Bird condo #3
And for those bird who prefer high rises, here are three abodes atop a tall pole. I hope the birds appreciate the fine details!
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Browns are turning into green, blue, pink, yellow and white
Even though we did receive a dusting of snow this week, spring is beginning to grow green. See it in the grass beneath the feet of the Canada goose? Believe me, that was one very noisy goose. It honked and honked to warn me away from the end of a friend's pond. I'm thinking its mate is sitting on some eggs in a very private spot.
We have many more blossoms this week than last. Truth be told, none of them are very big so most of nature here is still looking fairly brown. But if you look closely you can now see buds and tiny red flowers on some maple trees like the one in the upper left square. Moving clockwise, yellow and often mistaken for dandelions, coltsfoot blossoms (Tussillago farfara) hug the ground at the sides of roads and in waste places without any leaves to accompany them. (The leaves will appear later.)
Pink Bethlehem Sage (aka lungwort or Pulmonaria) turn blue as they age. And the emergence of white Liverwort (Hepatica) means the woods will soon be coloured with spring wildflowers. Blooming profusely, Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) have temporarily coloured at least one East Gwillimbury front lawn blue.
There are two bridges here: The Garden City Sky Way and a lift bridge, which is down so traffic can pass over it. The two bridges are needed as the lift bridge carries local traffic and the skyway, a major highway - the Queen Elizabeth Way - between Toronto and the United States border.
The Welland Canal (part of the St. Lawrence Seaway) allows HUGE ships to travel from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, bypassing Niagara Falls.
Raising the lift bridge, as seen from the west side
The lift bridge is raised to allow a combination barge/tugboat to pass through from west to east. (I was standing on the west side.)
Although the Welland Canal can handle 30 freighters a day, only two passed through the day I was there, just two weeks into the Great Lakes shipping season. What luck for me and my camera that the first one came through as we were shooting the bridges!
Barge/tugboat passing through, as seen from the east side
Here the geese look serene and relaxed but actually they were resting after many sessions of honking and welcoming other geese as they flew in to join them. It was a joyous honking. Geese are very sociable creatures!
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The wetlands are alive with red-winged blackbirds. These males are lookouts for females that are building nests and sitting on eggs. The top one is very concerned and warning the neighbourhood that I am out and about.
It's not quite as crisp as I would have liked...but he wasn't sitting there very still and the light was not great. :)
Male red-winged blackbird on reed
This second one is a tad less worried about me and my camera...NOT! He was about to fly away.
'Nutum' by internationally renowned sculptor Ron Baird
Nutum by sculptor Ron Baird stands outside the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario, a gallery that features the original works of artists who paint, draw, sculpt, photograph or work in mixed media.
A volunteer gardener beneath 'Nutum' cleans up for spring
The Latcham Gallery opened in 1980 and since then has presented more than 260 exhibitions by Ontario artists. I'm not allowed to take photos inside the gallery or I'd show you some of what's currently being shown.
Slow in coming this year, a few spring blooms are finally here
I love this photo of this swan showing how agile it's neck is. Notice that the water is not frozen. But moving clockwise, last weekend we still had ice on a local reservoir in the town just south of East Gwillimbury. Note that the willows are growing yellower by the day and daffodils in sunny places on the south side of buildings) are forming buds.
Azaleas have buds since last autumn but they do seem to be swelling... but that may be my imagination living in hope. Galanthus (snowdrops) are blooming as are purple crocus.
CN Tower as seen from the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, Ontario
The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower and an integral part of the Toronto skyline. When it was built in 1976, it was the world's tallest free-standing structure, a record it held for 34 years until the construction of the Burj Khaifa in Dubai.