We were focussed on cycling so it’s been a while since we saw our animal friends along the boardwalk in Summerside. On a cold morning, after a sprinkle of snow overnight, we headed for a walk in our favourite place. It was good to be back home.
The animals were active in the morning cold. A single Canada Goose floated in the harbour near the gazebo.
It must have abandoned the flock swimming further along the shoreline. Meanwhile nine American Black Ducks swam around in the stream which was looking like a pond. The saltwater marsh is flooded.
Chickadees were about and would probably take seeds from one’s hand. They are accustomed to people feeding them.
Blue Jays were noisy among the trees and active around the feeders where people placed seeds. They chase off the smaller birds.
Squirrels approach and if you encourage them, they will walk up your leg. My husband and I watched as parents and their two children placed a peanut down for an approaching squirrel.
A blue jay, watching from a nearby tree, swooped in, scooped up the peanut and flew off.
I watched a single European starling among some branches. Rarely do we ever see these birds on their own. It was a young bird with beautiful markings. Was it lost? It was calling as if shouting to a friend.
Further along the boardwalk, people had placed a beautiful double bird feeder in memory of a family member.
The little birds love these feeders. Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches have a feast while Blue Jays look on.
It is good to see the smaller birds feasting rather than being driven off by the jays who watch everything.
Wonder what the squirrels think of this new feeder?