5.16.2008

from my window

We had some visitors this morning.

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These are our neighbourhood ducks. They hang out and walk around the development. I suppose they live in the nearby Cooksville Creek, although they haven't said.

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I was taking pictures through our living room window, and I thought when we went outside, it would scare them away - but no. They stayed long enough for me to get some rice crackers (gluten-free ducks?). Even Tala barking through the backyard gate didn't scare them off.

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I love how everyone enjoys seeing animals. Our neighbour was leaving for work, but she sat in her car on the driveway for a long time so as not to startle the ducks. Allan's great-aunt in rural Vermont always tells us what animals have been around her house.

There's something so wonderful about being visited by a wild animal, even for a moment.

13 comments:

M@ said...

There's something so wonderful about being visited by a wild animal, even for a moment.

Very true. Back in February, I was riding the GO train in the morning, and somewhere in Mississauga or Etobicoke, I saw three or four deer springing through a snow-covered scrap car lot. It was enough to make me happy for the whole day, in a month where I didn't have many happy days in Toronto.

L-girl said...

That's so cool.

That was one thing I loved about Port Credit. There was a lot of wildlife for a suburban area - geese, swans, racoons, sometimes even a fox or a deer.

But even in the more developed area where we live now, there are so many birds. We also have a neighbourhood skunk!

I know Toronto is full of raccoons, too. It makes the green bin a challenge, I hear.

kim_in_to said...

One of my favourite TO stories is of a raccoon that got caught downtown in morning rush hour. As the noise and bustle increased, it panicked and took to the Royal Bank tower, and started climbing. It made its way up quite a distance before animal control was able to descend on the window-washing scaffold and snag it from above.

BTW, back when I used to work in your neighbourhood, I was coming off the QEW on my way to work and almost hit a coyote.

James said...

This amazing photo was taken (not by me!) in Allan Gardens, half a block from my house downtown.

This is the best shot I got of him, about six months before the above shot.

deang said...

Over the past few days, the annual warbler migration from the tropics north to your neck of the woods has been going on down here through central Texas and I've seen Mourning Warblers, Yellow Warblers, and Canada Warblers right outside the window next to my computer, brilliant flashes of yellow punctuating my day. Maybe you'll see them when they make it up there.

James said...

Oh, and we have downy woodpeckers in our neighbourhood too, these days. You can hear them almost every day as you walk around the area.

L-girl said...

I was thinking about coyotes when I wrote this post. My neighbour in Port Credit told me before the land near our homes was developed, she used to see a coyote there fairly regularly.

Coyotes are amazing creatures. They seem almost infinitely adaptable. They thrive in suburban environments all over the US. In many part of the country, people can't leave their cats or small dogs outside unattended b/c coyotes will get them.

L-girl said...

James, thanks for the links to the hawk photos! Fantastic!!

L-girl said...

Maybe you'll see them when they make it up there.

I love seeing the Canada geese migrating - in both directions. When we drive down to NJ for US Thanksgiving every year, the whole way down, there are Vs of geese flying south. I find it such a beautiful sight, and somehow sad. I don't know why, but the sight of all those birds leaving for winter is poignant to me. Then in spring when they come back I feel really happy to see them.

L-girl said...

I just decided I'll gather up all the animal-related posts and make a new category, animals other than dogs.

redsock said...

...Allan Gardens, half a block from my house downtown.

Does this place have a stealable sign? ... In a related note, is 44 too old to be thinking about stealing signs?

James said...

In many part of the country, people can't leave their cats or small dogs outside unattended b/c coyotes will get them.

I've heard tales -- though I don't know how true they are -- that, in the winter, at night, coyotes will cross the ice from Leslie Spit towards Cherry Beach and attack small dogs that stray out onto the ice from the off-leash park there.

Does this place have a stealable sign? ... In a related note, is 44 too old to be thinking about stealing signs?

I think I'd have to say no to both of those questions. :)

Daniel wbc said...

I get positively giddy when I see ducks, especially pairs like this. I don't know what it is.