A beautiful day for a walk in the park. 

Monday July 14, 2014.

Swan Lake Village area,
Markham, Ontario

The last few weeks have been very interesting around Swan Lake. Foxes and Deer have been seen in Swan Lake Park and Swan Lake Village. Osprey have been hunting for fish in the Lake and the Cygnets have been growing very fast.

Swan Lake Village - June 28th, 2014

American Goldfinch
This female American Goldfinch was visiting our feeder and posed for a photograph.

Swan Lake Village - July 1, 2014

Red Fox
This very young red fox was stopping traffic this evening while it watched people walk by. It was very interested in the flowers along the street and actually stopped to eat a few.
Red Foxes are found throughout the world in the northern Hemisphere.

This fox really loves flowers.

Swan Lake Park - July 2nd, 2014

Mute Swans
Romeo and Juliet bring their two rapidly growing cygnets to the feeder for dinner. They are growing so fast you can tell the difference from day to day.


After dinner the family heads for the large island at the north end of the lake. Much safer there for them with the Foxes and minks currently hunting in the park.

Northern Cardinal
Beautiful red bird that I have a lot of trouble getting a good photograph of. As happens most of the time it landed far away when I had my short range lens on the camera. Here it sits on the fence between the Park and the village.

July 9th, 2014

Mute Swans
Romeo and Juliet guard the two Cygnets closely while in the feeding station. Currently our volunteer Swan Feeders are staying at the feeder until the Swans are finished eating to help discourage any predators in the area.

Canada Geese
There are still many Canada Geese in the park staying here where there is food and the safety of the lake unitl they have finished molting and can fly again.

Eastern Cottontail rabbit
When I went to feed the Swans tonight I found an Eastern Cottontail rabbit waiting at the door to the feeding station. Obviously word has gotten around that this place has good food.

Mark H. managed to get this great shot of the Osprey resting on a branch out on the larger Island.

Swan Lake Park - July 10th, 2014

While walking along the path I saw this young Robin catch a worm.

Red-Winged Blackbird
Sitting in a tree watching for predators and photographers.

Mute Swans
Romeo and Juliet guarding the Cygnets while they eat.

After feeding the Swans retreat to the large Island at the north end of the lake to groom and rest.

Swan Lake Park - July 12th, 2014

Far out over the lake the Osprey flies along watching for fish that venture too close to the surface.

This bright fellow was watching me take pictures along the walk.

Mallard Duck
At the far west end of the lake where the bridge crosses Turtle inlet I saw this juvenile duck beginning to get his adult colors as the green feathers begin to grow in on its head.

Mallard Duck
Further up the inlet I saw this female mallard duck with 4 very young ducklings. This is very late in the year for the ducklings to be born.

Mallard Ducks
Young Mallards starting to get there adult plumage were sunning themselves on this rock near the shore.

American Goldfinch
This female was watching me walk around the lake.

Swan Lake Village - July 14th, 2014

Red Fox
This beautiful young red fox was resting beside the curb near one of the smaller club houses.

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