Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day pt 2... new species sighting!

So, as this Valentine's Day continues right along... I have to make another quick note here, as I am happy to announce a new species sighting!

We decided to go out for dinner, down to a place called "Snug Harbor" in Port Credit, Ontario.

We had a great table, right along the waterfront. It was probably 20 minutes before sundown and as we sat, had a drink, talked... we also got to watch the water fowl finishing up their day. We saw dozens of Canada Geese, probably ten White Swans, lots of Mallard Ducks and in the mix were these smaller white and black birds. Upon closer viewing, and me remembering some of the species around due to my "Toronto Birds" book... we realized we were watching a number of Buffleheads! A small duck that is fun to watch... a speedy swimmer and if you take your eyes off them, they dip down under the water to feed.

Cool facts are that this is the smallest diving duck in North America and unlike most ducks, the Bufflehead is mostly monogamous, often remaining with the same mate for several years.

I really should start my life list...


Angie in TO said...

I loved that we got to watch birds while we we were having dinner, that seemed kinda perfect for us, and seeing a new bird made it even nicer. Remember when we saw the one fly in above the water and kinda "water ski" for a bit when he landed?! That was cool!

Teena in Toronto said...

Great place to spend Valentine's Day!