Fort Whyte Visit

Today is July 1st – Happy Canada Day to all Canadians!

Every time I have gone to Fort Whyte so far, I have seen something I hadn’t seen before or followed a trail that I hadn’t followed before.  This trip was no exception.

I probably would have gone on Monday anyway, but I had a specific reason for going there this time.  One of the benefits of membership is that I can bring someone (other than a spouse) for no charge each and every time I go there.  Most of my friends are not as interested in wildlife and fresh air as much as I am, so I have been going on my own.  It occurred to me recently that I could maybe take a client that I take out for walks and for lunch a couple of times a week.  When I mentioned it, I was told about the sailing they do out there for disabled people.

So – my client is registered to go sailing there next week and I wanted to go out to find out which dock area I would have to take him to.  That information was quick and easy to obtain and I could have found out with a phone call – but since I was there, I might as well explore the trails and boardwalks.  🙂

I immediately found these Canada Geese relaxing just outside the door.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese

A couple of steps further and I saw these 2 young Groundhogs.  First time seeing Groundhogs there.

Ground Hogs
Ground Hogs

I barely started my walk when I saw 2 muskrats.  I’ve caught very brief glimpses of one a couple of times, but never for long enough to get a picture.  This time they were fairly co-operative.  They didn’t pose together, but I did get some pictures of them swimming.

Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat

Next were a couple of Mallard Duck families.  Obviously not a first, but always fun to watch. There is quite an age difference in the 2 sets of ducklings.

1st Mallard Duck Family
1st Mallard Duck Family
Both Mallard Duck Families
Both Mallard Duck Families
1st Mallard Duck Family
1st Mallard Duck Family
2nd Mallard Duck Family
2nd Mallard Duck Family
2nd Mallard Duck Family
2nd Mallard Duck Family
One of the Younger Ducklings
One of the Younger Ducklings

This concludes the first 15 minutes of my stay here.  🙂

More to come – hopefully tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Fort Whyte Visit

  1. Can I come too? Well, for obvious reasons this is not possible so I will follow your reports and ‘pretend’ I’m there with you. What a brilliant idea to take one of your clients. you’ve started something now! x x

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