An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Birding’ Category

Great Blue Heron at Lakeside Park

Written by Ruth

May 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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Linear Trail, Cambridge

Linear Trail, Cambridge ON

The Linear Trail in Cambridge (Preston) remains one of my favourite places to visit for walking and birding. Right in the city, it passes the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers.

Written by Ruth

May 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Lakeside Park, Kitchener

Canada Goose goslings are really cute for about a week. These are the first newly hatched ones I have seen this spring.

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May 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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Tree Swallow Real Estate

Tree Swallows have returned this spring and are checking out the best nesting boxes for raising their families. There are a number of boxes along the RIM Park trail in Waterloo and at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. I enjoy watching Tree Swallows build their nests in the spring and find them one of the prettiest birds of the season.

Written by Ruth

April 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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Spring at Riverside Park in Cambridge

Skunk cabbage flower, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Mallard Duck, Chickadee, Song Sparrow

Here is a collage of pictures taken this morning at Riverside Park in Cambridge. (the Osprey was outside the park along the Grand River)

Written by Ruth

April 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Spring’s Entry

Robins are announcing spring's arrival!


Written by Ruth

March 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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F. W. R. Dickson Wilderness Area

I visited this natural area for the first time on a snowy, damp weekend (as we have had every weekend lately!) In spite of the weather, it was an interesting and beautiful area that I will return to explore further when the trails dry out. There are several steep sections in the 5 km loop so if you go when it is icy, you need to take special care.

Chickadees here are very friendly and come readily to eat from your hand. Most of them have colour-coded bands and are being studied for behaviour and movement. This is a birder’s paradise.

This map directs you to Hillside Lake Park on the Brant-Waterloo Road. Dickson Wilderness area is immediately west of the trailer park. A parking lot is on the north side of Brant-Waterloo Road.

Other trails are found nearby at Sudden Tract, Wrigley Lake and Pinehurst Lake.

Written by Ruth

March 10, 2011 at 7:27 am