A Drive through Birds Hill Park

It was a sunny, but chilly day this morning when I decided to drive out to Birds Hill Park, which is just north of the city.  It is free entry into Provincial Parks in February so it seemed like a good day to go.

I  realized that I wasn’t dressed warm enough to go on any walks, and that is something that I thought I might do.  I did think it was going to warm up a bit more than it actually did though.

I started off with a few pictures of snow and trees.  We haven’t had much snow this year (which is fine with me).

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I then turned into a parking lot for one of the short trails.  I had a cup of coffee while watching the Chickadees when when I realized I had forgotten the sunflower seeds.   This is the spot when I watched a couple of Deer a few years ago.  I was quite close to them and they knew I was there, but they were not concerned until another vehicle with barking dogs pulled into the lot.  If you are interested, you can see the post here.  I got some nice pictures of them while Chester sat quietly in the car.

Anyway – the trail here is only 1 1/2 km and I decided to take a look, even though I wasn’t dressed to go far.

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There is a deer here – honest
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OK – I cropped the above one a bit for you
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Deer tracks on the trail.

Next on the trail was a Hairy Woodpecker and a Black-capped Chickadee (just like St. Peanut).

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Not a very co-operative subject

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I thought the trail was called the White-tailed Deer trail because of the sign pointing to the trail, but according to this big sign, it is the Prairie Winds Trail.  Anyway, next time I’ll come back more prepared to walk it.

Then a few more general snow and tree pictures, as I continued the drive.  I only saw one other Deer and that one had her tail up in warning as she ran from a car that was moving too fast after just having passed me.  I was taking my time and pulled over as far as I could to allow others to pass without having to speed.

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Looks like it is closed.
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The picture above and below are at a place I used to stop with Chester, since there is a big field where he could run. I always stop here when I am in the park.

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This beach is closed too.  I was hoping to go for a swim  🙂

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This park is not very big and you could easily drive around it in less than a 1/2 hour I would imagine.  I’ve never driven it at anywhere near the speed limit (60 km) while making several stops,  so as usual, it took me about 3 hours.

It will be quite busy there on the weekend, but I will go back again next week for my walk.

For my daily photos for 365 days, I have just posted day 40.  I will catch you up now.

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Moon during eclipse
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right & left sundogs

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income tax time
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St. Peanut, the Chickadee

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The Sun fighting to get out from clouds

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White-handed Gibbons at Assiniboine Park Zoo
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White-tailed Deer in the woods

This brings us up to date for my daily photos and there has only been one weekly photo.  The challenge was food, so I snapped a picture of ice cream cakes at Dairy Queen.

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