Lynde Shores CA
August 19th, 2014
Before I went to Lynde Shores, I dropped by Cranberry Marsh. It's next to Lynde Shores. Didn't see a lot, but this family of Mute Swans was there, amongst the lily pads.
And a raft of Mutes was out on Lake Ontario. When I see waterfowl offshore on such a large lake, it emphasizes to me their wildness and freedom.
It's less than a 5 minute drive to Lynde Shores. With the explosive growth this year, the cattails along the boardwalk block the view you'd otherwise have of the area.
Three camera-shy Wild Turkey hens. As soon as they saw me they slipped into the woods.
Mom and her kids.
Even the water lilies are bigger this year.
With more of them curled and flopping in the wind.
Lynde Shores is without doubt the best local nature area to take children to so that they can experience a bit of wildlife. There are dozens of chipmunks running around on Chickadee Trail.
Young kids love to feed them of course and at Lynde Shores they'll almost eat out of your hands. Some will I'm sure. I almost stepped on this one.
There's a path called Chickadee Trail. It's short enough that young kids can manage it and they'll encounter chickadees, chipmunks, ducks, wild turkeys, etc. depending on the day and their timing.
Today there were three racoon kits on the trail. The parents were more cautious and not obviously present, though they could easily have been nearby.
Though not welcomed in most neighborhoods, they're cute little bandits... especially when seen in their own element.
It's easy to argue that people shouldn't feed wildlife, but in this case, in this area, I think it's ok. Others will disagree.
But with the media constantly reminding us that kids today spend too much time with electronics, I think it's great to see them enjoying nature... and discovering what is 'out there'.
The look on their faces, and giggles of delight, as they watch and feed the birds & animals is priceless. Let them enjoy.