A beautiful day for a walk in the park. 

Wednesday May 13, 2015.

Swan Lake Village area,
Markham, Ontario

I walk around Swan Lake whenever I have a chance, somehow it brings peace to my soul and makes me aware of the wonderful things god has created in nature to bring beauty to the world. Warm weather was replaced by cooler wetter days but soon the warm weather will be back.

Swan Lake Park - May 6th, 2015

Caspian Tern
Far out over the lake I saw this Caspian Tern searching the waters below for fish.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Sitting on a tree branch down at the point.

Mallard Duck
Two male Mallard ducks swimming in the waters between the larger island and the hill going down to the point.

Song Sparrow
Sitting on a small tree branch beside the path near the Swan feeding station.

Swan Lake Park - May 8th, 2015

Mute Swan Nest
Juliet and Romeo were nearby but off the nest so I was able to get a good shot of the interior of the nest.
If you look closely you can see 4 of the eggs showing.

Red-winged Blackbird
Sitting on a tree branch beside the path.

Midland Painted Turtle
This small Turtle was sunning itself on a log it was sharing with a larger turtle towards the back of Turtle inlet. Picture was taken from the bridge.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Best shot I've been able to get of this warbler so far this year.
A large number of them have settled in the trees on and around the hill.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
This Cottontail was sitting beside the path near the Swan feeding station.

At this time of the year many of the trees blossom in the park and the village.

Swan Lake Park - May 13th, 2015

Mute Swan
On my way down to the Swan feeding station I stopped to look at the nest. Juliet was sitting on the nest while Romeo waited for dinner to be served.

Mute Swan
Romeo lit by the evening sun in the Swan Feeding Station.

Mallard Duck
Two male Mallards were waiting for Romeo to finish eating so they could raid the feeding station. Picture taken from the Feeding Station.

Mute Swan
Romeo just outside the feeding station.

Red-winged Blackbird
Beside the feeding station this Red-winged Blackbird watches for intruders in his territory.

Red-winged Blackbird
This female decided that she would like a share of the Swan's dinner.

Canada Goose
Walking back from the feeding station I found 5 goslings and their parents beside the path.

Canada Geese
The goose family. The device on the adults neck is for tracking the location of the Goose. It was placed on it by Environment Canada and connects to the cell phone towers.

Canada Goose
This gosling sat down for a couple of minutes in the sun.

Swan Lake Village - May 13th, 2015

The trees are covered with blossoms along Lakeside.

Beautiful Bird sitting by the sidewalk on a neighbours tree.


American Goldfinch
First one I've seen inside the village this year. It was sitting on the very top of an evergreen tree on Sanctuary way.

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