I really enjoyed myself going onto the beach and checking out all the old weathered rocks. You can find some pretty cool things out there, and there is lots of weathered glass (that's not sharp anymore) to collect!
More can be found about Tommy Thompson here: http://www.tommythompsonpark.ca/
|View of the Toronto Skyline|
|Kinda cool shot of a tern with the CN Tower|
My favourite part of this ride was the baby barn swallows that I spotted still in their nests. They were SO adorable and almost falling out they were getting so big!
|Baby Barn Swallows|
|Momma Barn Swallow|
This past weekend I went again for a Sunday bike ride. The baby barn swallows had fully fledged (meaning that they were out of the nest), so that was a little disappointing. According to the TRCA worker they had left the day before. I saw quite a few more birds this day than the weekend before. While out by the first lookout area I got a great view of a Song Sparrow. The two of us "chatted" for a bit until he got fed up and left me alone making bird noises, looking rather dumb. A bit further down the trail there is a lookout towards the skyline. Here I saw dozens of kingbirds, Caspian terns, a cedar waxwing, yellow warblers, great egret, and one of my favourites...a Belted Kingfisher.
|Belted Kingfisher looking for a meal|
It was really cute when this little girl came by and was looking out at the skyline and birds with her dad, when suddenly she let out this piercing scream!! I turned and ran a little thinking that she had seen a snake (which made me want to see it!) but no...it was a caterpillar. She was frozen in the middle of the path so I had to go, pick up the little caterpillar, and move it out of the way so that she could move. It was so hilarious!
|Song Sparrow singing away|
Further on I biked past the bird observatory and spotted the Red-tailed hawk again just above me. Got a FANTASTIC view, although camera wise..just a silhouette. I decided to try to take another trail leading into the back. It had some great views of the skyline as well as an amazing view of the Double-crested cormorant colony. It was a close up view..without getting too close. It's astonishing to think that not too long ago these birds were on the brink of extinction and we were fighting to save them! I have no idea how many birds can fit into such an area, but all i could think of was "Man, I'm glad I'm not under them right now.."
Overall, this is such a wonderful place to visit. Being a disturbed site, there is a lot of more "weedy" species when it comes to the vegetation, but it still provides great habitat for resident and migrating birds. Once in a while you can spot a little black-eyed susan poking out too! If anyone is in for just a bike ride or some birding, definitely come check this place out. I already can tell that I'll be hitting it up quite a few more times once migration hits!!
|View of the Double-crested Cormorant Colony|