A beautiful day for a walk in the park. 

Sunday May 03, 2015.

Swan Lake Village area,
Markham, Ontario

Swan Lake Park is a wonderful place to walk in the spring. The recent warm weather has seen the last of the migrating birds head north to their breeding grounds. However Romeo is having a difficult time trying to get the Trumpeter Swans to leave the lake. During your walks in the park you will notice that a lot of Yellow rumped Warbler's are now on hill at the west end of the park.

Swan Lake Park - April 29th, 2015

Red Eared Slider Turtle
Shot from the bridge at turtle inlet.

Black-capped Chickadee
Saw this little fellow while walking down the path from the hill.

Mute Swans
Romeo and Juliet at the Swan Feeding Station.

Swan Lake Park - May 2nd, 2015

Mute Swan
Romeo sitting in the shallow water at the landing. He was splashing his tail feathers in the water.

Trumpeter Swan
Another Trumpeter swan has decided he likes Swan Lake. This one was tagged L79. I've reported his location and may find out where he is from in a few days.

Mallard Duck
This female and male Mallard Duck were swimming at the very back of Turtle Inlet. I took this picture from the path climbing the hill from the west.

Mute Swan
Juliet stood up while I was taking a picture and I could see 5 eggs in the nest.

Juliet standing over the eggs.

Canada Goose
This goose was taking a bath in the East Pond.

Swan Lake Park - May 3rd, 2015

Trumpeter Swan
L79 is still on the lake.

Trumpeter Swan
Two more Trumpeter Swans showed up today. Romeo now has 3 Swans to chase away.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Picture taken on the east side of the hill.
Their are many of these beautiful little birds constantly moving from branch to branch in the trees on the top of the hill.

A female Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow
I've never seen this sparrow before but it appears to be an adult non-breeding Chipping Sparrow.

Mute Swan
Romeo spent a good part of the afternoon chasing all 3 Trumpeter Swan's, one after another, until they decided to stay on the west side of the large Island.

the chasing continues

Trumpeter Swan
Whenever Romeo got too close the Trumpeter Swans would use their wings to run/hop across the water to get away from Romeo.

Song Sparrow
Singing it's heart out from a tree on the hill.
"The trees are alive with the sound of music"

Red-winged Blackbird
Watching passerby's on the path near the landing.

Mute Swan
Juliet got up and let me see the eggs again.
Could only see 5 eggs but it is possible that more could be deeper in the nest.

Eastern Cotton-tail rabbit
I was walking along the path between the east pond and the lake headed towards the pier when I looked down and found this little fellow sitting just off the path beside me.
Brave little fellow didn't seem worried about my taking pictures but when I started to move away he quickly ducked into the bushes.

Northern Cardinal
I saw this Northern Cardinal in the bushes beside the path as I continued towards the pier. I could not get a decent shot of him in the bushes as there were too many branches in the way. But I followed him along the path trying to get a shot. Just before I reached the pier he flew across the path and landed in a tree on the east side of the path. I finally got this picture.

Double-crested Cormorant
Picture taken from the pier. The two Cormorants were sitting on rocks at the west end of the pier island.

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