just a walk in the park

DSC_8857.NEFAs I was chasing after some ring-necked ducks yesterday, these fine guys came wandering up the road!

If I were a deer, I’d never leave Rockwood Park! Safe living, getting fed apples, lettuce and whatnot … people talk kindly to you … want to pat you on the nose πŸ™‚

2ringneckedducksDidn’t have any great luck with those ducks — they were the most shy birds I’ve come across, except the bufflehead. Kept moving around the pond, in the deep snow, but as soon as I came within shooting distance, they just lifted, and moved to the other end.

Today, I’d put on the long lens [70-300mm], but then they were gone. Pfft!

Today, we had a real Spring day and it felt great! Li’l birds were chirping, the sun was warm.

DSC_8909.NEFAs I was standing at the Reversing Falls, looking at all the snow and brown, dead grass, I was thinking β€œWon’t be long now, before we’ll see the first groundhog!”

Lo and behold … moved a little further down to the little cove there, Gerry spotted them first — two little ones and one big. I missed the big one, but the young ‘uns were peeking out of the hole, in the sunshine, looking wet and miserable in the fur. They appreciated the peanuts I handed them!

All over the place, little sparrows were chirping, I heard a grackle too. Gerry stopped to buy some clams from a guy in a truck, and there I saw a juvenile, bald eagle soaring.



DSC_8951.NEFThe Wood Duck was still in the pond! He’s even learnt to appreciate stale, white bread!

This week’s theme in the WordPress photo challenge was Β«thresholdΒ». It didn’t immediately speak to me, so I decided to skip this week … unless I come up with something later.

Of all these beauties I saw today, this was perhaps the funniest πŸ™‚


36 thoughts on “just a walk in the park

  1. barb19

    Rockwood Park seems to always be teeming with some kind of wildlife, no wonder you are often there, you have captured some wonderful photos of the animals who live there, for us to enjoy. The deer are so cute, and I love the one of the groundhog appreciating the peanuts you gave him!
    That apple looks too big to handle for that little squirrel, but I guess he will chew his way through it!

  2. barb19

    Talking about ‘threshold” – that little squirrel is on the threshold of sinking his teeth into that apple! Just sayin’.

  3. Leya

    Spring ahead! lovely deer and all the other animals. And the chirping and singing – I hear them early in the mornings before I leave my bed. I agree with you – it makes you feel great!

    1. colderweather

      That is a wonderful feeling; to wake up in the morning and hear the chirping! Even though we live on the 9th floor in this big apartment complex, I can actually hear the birds from all the little gardens down below! πŸ™‚

  4. Crowing Crone

    what an enchanting visit to the park for you, and us! I always feel so blessed to see deer. Eagles flying overhead still make my spirit soar. Spring is arriving in all her beauty.

  5. PonderTheIrrelevant

    Love the photos! Looks & sounds like a beautiful location and a wonderful day. I especially admire that squirrel’s tenacity. I give him credit for trying πŸ™‚

    1. colderweather

      It IS a wonderful place … especially to have in the city!

      Yeah, they’re really tenacious … I have another one, where a chickadee is trying to pick up a peanut LOL

  6. Touch2Touch

    No wonder the squirrel loved the apple!
    One touch of color makes the whole world spring —
    And that small herd of little deer, wonderful!

    1. colderweather

      It sure does … as soon as we got there [to that squirrel place], I saw all the RED … someone had unloaded a whole bunch of apples there, for the deer.

      A little splash of colour makes all the difference..

  7. Nylabluesmum

    On the THRESHOLD of spring the anomals & birds come out….
    Love your photos! Those baby deer are priceless!!!
    Well done Rebby.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

  8. digitalgranny

    Love the does out for their stroll looking like they own the place.
    Great shots of the chipmunks and squirrels.
    What a wonderful place to be with so many critters and pretty scenery.

  9. Nylabluesmum

    πŸ˜‰ We are still on the ‘threshold’ here…..our temp lurched all the way up to 43 F so I let Nylablue out in her Condo….had to put it on the bench so the ground chill did not get to her. She was out for 1/2 hour & I swear I asaw her smiling when she came in πŸ˜‰
    I wonder if the squirrel shlepped that apple back to his nest??

    1. colderweather

      Wouldn’t surprise me if he did πŸ™‚
      Today would have been brilliant, had it not been for this nippy northeastern wind…

      I’m sure she was smiling! McDuff has gone to bed … literally — our bed πŸ˜‰

  10. Nylabluesmum

    πŸ™‚ She is still smiling, lol….
    The wind was the problem here too…at least it calmed down so she could go out for a bit!!! πŸ˜‰

  11. daydreamer2011

    Oh what lovely photos!!! Thanks for sharing!! Feels like I have been there!! πŸ˜€

  12. Annette Ursin Holmboe

    Your pictures are so wonderful- and all that snow- we havent had much this winter ( I dont miss it), and now its spring, the trees starting having green leaves- the cherries are blooming, and the birds are singing. Today its about 14 C- so unusual for this time of the year.
    But back to your pictures- they are really great, like being there myself.

    1. colderweather

      Oh wow … so different from here! But we’ll have a rain storm tomorrow, expected 50mm of rain, so I guess that will take care of the last snow at least. If it starts to warm up after that, it will all happen quickly. Nothing like cherry trees in bloom!

      Thank you, Annette!

  13. anaqualady

    I’m enjoying all the wildlife too. The Fox drinking from the watering trough. Deer everywhere and even saw 2 Roadrunners going by. Birds of every kind. Downside ? Snakes out too.
    Love your pictures.


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