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Apr 14, 2012

Waterfowl nesting time at Cold Creek

Photos by BarrytheBirder

Friday afternoon was warm and sunny and inviting all around.   A saunter around Cold Creek Conservation Area looking for spring birds seemed in order.   But I was rather disappointed as the sum total of my searching turned up nothing other than chickadees and Canada Geese.   I did spot some new signs near the ponds however.   They are an attempt by the Cold Creek Stewardship Committee, the Township of King and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority  to ensure as little harassment of nesting waterfowl as possible.   Public use of Cold Creek is increasing all the time and waterfowl nesting success has not been good in recent years.   Any effort to ease the situation is to be applauded.   The best way to get close, without getting close, is to invest in a pair binoculars.   If you don't have a pair of binoculars, there is probably nothing better you can do to enhance your viewing of nature than to buy a set.   I wasn't about to be shut-out at Cold Creek today, on the photo front, so I photographed the Bloodroot you see below.   It was everywhere and a joy to behold in the bright April sunlight.  

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