Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

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Fish Creek Park on a low-light day

Fish Creek Park on a low-light day 

Another dreary, overcast day today, with a temperature of 1C (windchill -4C) this morning. Yesterday, 10 October 2017, was much the same, if not worse, but I decided to join friends for a three-hour walk - that included a fair bit of standing - at the east end of Fish Creek Provincial Park. I was hoping that there might still be some fall colour to be seen. Strong winds and snow had removed a lot of the leaves from the trees, but there were still enough to give a golden glow to photos. There is a 70% chance for mixed precipitation this afternoon, so yesterday may have been the last of any good colour. This photo was taken at one of the storm-water ponds.

We had a few good sightings yesterday, including a Great Blue Heron that seemed to have a problem with swallowing a very tiny fish it had caught. It would catch the fish, and then drop it back in the water, and repeated this several times. I don't think it ever did catch and actually eat it. Another fun thing to see was a male Downy Woodpecker that suddenly flew down to someone's hand. Chickadees and Nuthatches were also very aware that we were standing there. They are so busy searching for and collecting food to store away for the long, harsh winter months.

Great Horned Owls nest each year at the east end of the park and have done so for years. I don't know how on earth someone spotted the one we saw yesterday. It was perched far away in a wooded area and was almost impossible to see. If I moved two or three inches to the left or right, the owl was hidden from view. Even though I have seen endless owls over the years, it is always a good feeling to see one again. I guess I missed the owls in this area back in March or April of this year - too busy with preparations for my trip to Trinidad & Tobago, but also, last winter was so brutal.

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