Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Return from Almonte – Part 2

We went off to Almonte for bird seed for the first time in two years. Off to Almonte Part 1! On the way back, it was suggested we visit the Almonte Lagoons Bird Viewing Area. We've been before, but they've added a new viewing spot. We followed the path, around a field, through a forest.

This is the new outbuilding. 

Potvin Observation Tower (1997)

There was a couple there. Better birders than I. The woman informed us that there were 100s of geese, and a blue-winged teal duck. They had binoculars.

They went back over to the outbuilding, while we climbed up the tower. Indeed, hundreds of ducks!

You can see three blue-winged teals in the bottom right. You'll have to trust me! I don't have any photos of them anywhere else. I'm not sure what they look like! 

Can you count them?! I love the sound.

Almonte geese from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Back through the forest to the road, our car, and we headed home.

I noticed a sign for the old schoolhouse, 1856. It is hidden behind trees at the road. It is a working barn, now.

Wolf Grove Rd. was amazing.

The are lots of old homes and farm houses, as well as churches converted to homes.

The sumac are perfect!

I see this man with the ZZ Top long beard in town a lot.

Blue skies might have been better for photos, but I cannot complain.

Then there is this house. It is immense.

I love the reds and oranges surrounding the house.

We passed Temple's Sugar Bush location. We attended an outdoor Family wedding –it was a chilly one! back in 2015. It was cold and it rained. The trees are amazing.

Don't you love the floofy birds? There was a turkey, too.

There looks to be a deflated unicorn here!

October 8

Our standing joke with the girls was 'beer and chips all around' when Momma and Papa weren't here! 


Tom said...

...the foliage is lovely.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a colourful and interesting drive!!! YAM xx

Karen said...

We had blue winged teals at the cottage this summer. Two momma's would visit from dock to dock with the youngsters. They remind me of female mallards with a bigger blue patch. The little ones had the sweetest voices. Tiny peepy sounds.

RedPat said...

The colours are looking lovely. I noticed change starting here yesterday.

Christine said...

Lovely to be outdoors in early fall!

Nancy J said...

What a wedding, I see chairs were used as umbrellas!!!.At least they didn't need to wear gumboots and thermals, like one bride did here in NZ some years ago. Those huge homes, lovely autumn colours everywhere.

Gaelyn said...

The fall colors are amazing. Cheers! Here's lookin' at ya'.

Lorrie said...

The colours are really popping now! So rich and beautiful.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful fall colours. The sound of the birds is a soothing one.

The Furry Gnome said...

Great time of year for a drive!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love all the fall colors. We get some fall colors in town. Here in Oklahoma, not very many maples in the wild, mainly oaks which kind of trend dark orange. Still I like what we got.
What an area!! Lots to see.

Anvilcloud said...

Wolf Grove is a great drive. So is Tatlock (north). But both are mainly to enjoy in passing as stops are difficult.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Wonderful; I've enjoyed both these posts very much. I think you may have caught things right at the height before there is a wind storm or something. That bird viewing place is marvelous. I'd love to get there sometime. Meanwhile, enjoy these days before the ice and snow!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful fall. :) In my part of the world it is almost over now :(