This year, the spring arrived stealthily in Ontario, and suddenly I realized it was gone already.
From March to May, Mother Nature put on her new appearances, and we watched the flowers blooming, as we eagerly awaited them for so long. We enjoyed the sun and the clear skies, the birds and their songs.
For an ever-growing city, as Mississauga, the Riverwood Conservancy is no longer a hidden gem. Located in the central part of Mississauga, the Riverwood is home to approximately 180 species of resident and migratory birds. While free bird hikes happen throughout the year with expert birders, anyone can do birdwatching at anytime throughout the park, just keep quiet and the eyes opened.
Cities are growing at a faster rate than any other habitat on Earth. Especially Mississauga, one of the largest cities in Canada. The wild life is oppressed, finding less and less space where to live. But this park is an amazing home to much of the wildlife.
A new bird I’ve noticed lately in the park is the Baltimore oriole. This one was attracted by the tree flowers, and we watched its dancing from branch to branch, sipping the sweet nectar from the blooming flowers.
One of the most popular parks in the city for walking, cycling, running, fishing, birdwatching, the Riverwood Conservancy is one of the beautiful urban parks in GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
It is home to several species of wildlife, such as deers, squirrels, beavers, and many species of birds. The dense bushes and the little swamps make a great habitat, letting them thrive as best as possible. Palm feeding the birds, especially the chickadees, is one of the popular entertainments in the park.
If you ignore the city noise in the background, you can enjoy the tunes of the song birds living in the park. Some of them are more vocal than others, and sometimes you can hear several songs at the same time. A lively forest, it is a nice place to recharge your batteries and connect with the nature.
Several types of woodpeckers are to be found in the park, and the red-bellied ones can make a musical show as well. You can also hear their shrills echoing loud in the woods. Generally, hammering against a loud or resonant object is the woodpecker equivalent of singing. Woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second.
While some birds hide and make nests high in the trees, other birds, like the white-crowned sparrows like to hide in safe tangles of the bushes.
Tiny birds like warblers, and vireos fly from tree to tree, making a real show with their constant flicking of the wings. They hide cleverly through the foliage, hardly letting themselves caught in a camera. This spring was a joy for me, as I’ve had quite few bird lifers: Ruby-crowned Kinglets, yellow-rumped Warblers, and a wood thrush.
Blue jays and cardinals are very common birds in the neighbourhood. While the Blue Jays are normally shyer, the Northern Cardinals could be observed more often perching high in the trees, or feeding on the platforms along some of the trails. You could hear their loud and distinct calls much more often than any other bird, and sometimes you can hear mated pairs sharing song phrases, or chasing each other in the woods.
The Credit River is home to a wide range of wildlife.
The Canada Geese and the Mallard Ducks are plentiful, making the watershed their permanent home.
This spring I spotted a pair of Common Merganser having fun in the water, totally ignoring the human visitors along the river.
Chipmunks and squirrels are definitely residents of Riverwood Conservancy. They come out very hungry in the springs, and enjoy very much the munching of the delicious tree buds. Between the peanuts from the people and the tree buds of the forest, they look like having so much fun during these days.
Thank you for walking with me, and hope you will enjoy the little video😊
Tip(s) of the day:
- Parking lot might fill up quickly during the sunny days, but you can park on the adjacent streets, free of charge;
- Wear proper footwear, and watch your steps, as some trails are prone to washouts.