Fox in distress gets help at TWC

The afternoon was cold, so cold you could see your breath. It was beginning to get dark. Everyone was quiet, excited, and hopeful. We were waiting…and hoping…and then all of a sudden, “There! There he goes!” Within a few short seconds the fox darts out of his cage, over a fence, and onto the bluffs. […]

Hawks and eagles

KNOCK KNOCK. “Sir would you mind if I take a picture of a bird in your tree?,”   I asked.  “Sure,” the homeowner replied. “What is it? A cardinal? A blue jay? A woodpecker?”   “No, it is a bald eagle!,” I told him.   “WHAT! Are you joking?!” On a cold, wintery day Walter and I headed […]

Birding when the weather turns cold

The air is cooler and the leaves are falling, dropping bright colours on our sidewalks. The last minute birds, butterflies and hawks are flying south.  It’s time to wear your warm jackets, winter hats, and gloves to start looking for fall and winter birds. How can you help and enjoy the birds during the coming […]

Swan song in the Beach

Can you guess what creature is elegant, has an elongated neck, long white feathers, and is very beautiful?  Why swans, of course. There are two species of swans in the Beach area. Mute Swans Down at the Leslie Street Spit and Ashbridges Bay you will find a pair of Mute Swans.  Watching them reminds me […]

Rosetta McClain Raptor Watch

Did you know that the annual southern migration of raptors, also known as ‘birds of prey’, goes right past our front doorstep each fall?  Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey Vultures, Broad-winged Hawks, and even Golden Eagles fly by each day during this period.  When conditions are right, they soar right through the Beach area. […]

White-tailed deer are a common sight in the city

It was a warm sunny Saturday, with blue skies when Carol and I went for a drive by the park.  As I backed up the car to turn around, I saw through my side mirrors a four- point white-tailed buck resting on the grass behind the tree.  Oh he was so beautiful.  The deer was […]

Family day trip surrounded by butterflies

Outside the sky was grey and, for the fourth day in a row, it was raining.  My daughter Julie and I walked into the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory and I felt like we had entered a tropical paradise.  The air was warm and humid but our eyes didn’t know which way to look first. We […]