Colour is returning to Ontario...slow but surely
As you can see in the largest square, quite a few double-breasted cormorants have returned to a few of the nesting trees in Hamilton. They definitely like communal living! In a couple of weeks the "best" trees will be filled with nests and the late comers will be forced to nest in trees where I can take better photos of them. Tons of seagulls are on the ground below the trees as this will be a very, VERY active gull rookery in a few weeks.
Moving clockwise around the collage, you can see flying mute swans. Not ALL of the swans migrate but quite a few do. The robin is singing its little heart out. The ground below her is unfrozen and she's looking forward to some fresh worms.
In the next square, the water in this fast-moving creek is free of ice and three Canada geese are enjoying a swim. In the square below the geese, red osier dogwood is a stunning crimson. And in the last square, you can see a stream through a conservation marsh. In the far distance, water fowl are are landing and taking off. Many of the shy, exotic ducks are far beyond the reach of my lens. This marsh is a stop over while they wait for the ice on the deeper ponds and lakes to the north to melt. Two of my favourite lakes (Simcoe and Scugog) are still ice covered.
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