Wildlife Count by Debbie O'Rourke: Humber Bay Park East, Toronto

Day 1 turtles, Humber Bay Park May 6, 2002: ink drawing

I was happy to be greeted first by a reptile: so ancient, so calm.
Animals in Order of Appearance: ring-billed gulls, beaver sign (tree freshly-felled), red-eared slider turtles, several pairs of common tern, many mallard duck pairs, a pair of white domestic geese, several pair of Canada geese, 8 or 9 double-crested cormorants (the first time I'd ever seen this animal), many pairs of red-wing blackbirds and barn swallows, chickadees courting, a pair of grackles, a mourning dove, two robin pairs, a goldfinch. Possibilities: many small songbirds, including possibly: house finch, savannah sparrow. I left when it began to rain.

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