A beautiful day for a walk in the park. 

Thursday April 24, 2014.

Swan Lake Village area,
Markham, Ontario

Spring is an interesting time for walking around the lake. Migratory birds rest here on their way north and the lack of leaves on the trees makes it much easier to see the birds that are migrating and those that are taking up summer residence here.

Swan Lake Park - April 17

Walking around the village and the park it is allways nice to run across a Robin with a bright red breast.

Ring Necked Duck
First time I've seen this duck on Swan Lake.
I'm not sure why this is called a ring necked duck as the only rings i can see are on the bill.
I saw four or five of these way out in the middle of the lake and was lucky enough to get a couple of good shots of one that came a little closer to the point.
These are migrating through to their breeding grounds just slightly north of this area extending all the way up to Hudson Bay.

Red/Grey Squirrel
Out at the point I found this curious little fellow watching me take pictures and occasionally posing for them.

American Goldfinch
In the Pussy Willow trees on the east side of the lake I found this beautiful little bird.

Swan Lake Park - April 24

Slider Turtle
Walking over the bridge at Turtle Inlet, at the west end of the lake.
I found a large number of Slider Turtles sunning themselves on logs in the water.

A large turtle looks on as one of the largest Slider Turtles I've ever seen climbs on to the same log to sun itself.

Slider Turtle
A small young turtle suns itself

Swan Lake Village - April 24

House Finch
As I entered the Village from the park I saw this beautiful House Finch and it's mate sitting in the trees along Lakeside.

House Finch - Female

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