May 16th, 2018

Hi there!

This past weekend, we explored Hendrie Valley - and I can honestly say that it was one of the most eventful hikes that we've been on to date. It was green as ever, with loads of trillium flowers in bloom. 

We saw a bunch of different kinds of birds (Blue-jays, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, woodpeckers, robins, herons, swans, chickadees... just to name a few). At one point, while photographing something in the water, I guess I was too close to a nest in a tree and a red-winged blackbirds decided to get up in my grill and try to high five me with its wing - it missed. Honestly, there's nothing more unnerving than the sound of a wing flapping right in your ear. I don't like those birds.

Next, we came to a marsh area where we saw some birds (the same red-winged blackbirds jerks) bullying a beaver as it got too close for comfort while trying to get across the marsh. I am pretty sure it hissed at the birds which was crazy. We also saw a white heron which we later found out was a great egret - so cool - and an osprey in flight (Google it, pretty bad-ass bird).

As we approached the barrier of Hendrie Valley, nearing the Royal Botanical Garden, there were two beautiful swans just hanging out by the river, eating some bird seeds that people had left. So, I picked up a few seeds and offered it to them, forming an awesome friendship (pictured below). I love swans and had never even seen on up until a few years ago. To go from loving this majestic bird hoping to one day see one, to then be close enough to actually feed one - well, that was an insanely amazing moment for me.

Finally, we saw geese with their babies and to top it all off, I saw a loon for the first time in a long time (first ever in Southern Ontario) and it was just swimming in the creek next to us. Spring has sprung!

Here are some of the highlight shots from that morning.


Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this eventful adventure!

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