Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Yesterday, the rains poured down from the heavens .. and this was a perfect day for a walk .. so I set out. However .. firstly .. here is a little photo of the little Fox Sparrow, who had a serious problem with his left eye. Today I noticed that the problem is much worse and, sadly, I saw another with the same problem with his right eye.
I’ve read, from some birding blogs, that these issues are more readily viewed when there are bird feeders closer to the house. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be noticed. Nevertheless, I brought most of the birdfeeders & suet holders inside for a good scrub, a light bleach rinse and lots of clear water rinsing. Amazing the amount of seeds were tucked away tightly. Washed, rinsed, dried and fresh seed & suet. The world was a little happier place.
Next, at the front of the house, I’m just about ready to leave when I notice a neighbour’s cat .. very friendly … came up the front stairs … apparently quite ready to come inside for a visit. However, a branch from our Christmas tree appeared to capture his attention.
Sorry, sweetie .. another time … love that face!
I began my trek … along local pathways … no one else out at this particular time .. so only me and the rain and my umbrella .. quite tranquil time .. loving this.
I love walking in the rain … especially with this very cheerful umbrella … the top side is solid black and the inside is blue… with fluffy cumulous clouds .. very happy indeed. So in contrast, the sleet ridden roads all of a sudden don’t seem to be so gloomy.
This pathway is new … it allows runners/bikers/walkers to enter Rainbow Park more easily and it opens right off of McKenzie Avenue. This is the first time I’ve walked this way .. kind of curious to see how it works out .. previously, this was all a grassy hillside.
Just before this , though, along McKenzie Avenue .. is a lovely little green area with magnificent trees …
And further along .. a massive amount of ferns growing along .. very lush and beautiful …
And more berried bushes .. food for the deer? Lovely to look at ..
What a cheerful sight .. lots of flowers …
And .. just a few minutes from starting my walk I arrive at Rainbow Park .. a lovely place, well named.
And what do we have here … another route to my favourite place! There are quite a variety of routes to Swan Lake Sanctuary and it’s fun to try a different one for each visit.
At the little observatory (once I reached it!) I could see a little Mallard out in the middle of Swan Lake .. and I think he saw me ..but, alas, I hadn’t brought any flatted oats with me .. so I left before I could draw him over in false hope for food ..
Farther along .. you can see the fence posts, still here, from the dairy farm that once flourished here. My pal D remembers this quite clearly .. she and her family used to purchase their milk from the store that once existed. Kind of nice to see these posts, though, a salute to previous times.
I love everything about Swan Lake .. and there are some areas that are just so much more awesome than others. This is one .. and see the nest up in the tree to the right? Cool.
Rain .. rain .. rain .. everywhere. But I’m not worried .. my waterproof walking shoes are about the only dry apparel that I have .. it’s taken me awhile to walk these shoes into a comfortable state of being .. and I can quite enjoy them now.
Some Mallards enjoy the peace and quiet.
Moi mes souliers ont beaucoup voyagé (grace a les mots de Felix Leclerc)
And this signage just never gets tired!! See the last line .. so true.