Taken at Humber Bay Park..Toronto..Canon 550D..processed in paintshop pro x4…2 textures..
Long-tailed ducks nest as far north as the 80th parallel – the highest of the high arctic, farther north than any other waterfowl (Robertson and Savard, 2002). Many winter on the Great Lakes with a significant number in the Toronto area. While these birds are quite at home in the rough, open waters of Lake Ontario, they appear to make a very good living in the inner and outer harbours created by the Eastern Headland (Tommy Thompson Park) and Toronto Island. A summary of Christmas Bird Count data for the past 25 years reveals just how hospitable the waterfront is to these visitors from the north. Three years ago, a record high of 13,938 Long-tailed Ducks was recorded. Low counts in the 1980’s and 1990’s likely resulted from the freezing of near shore waters in the city. In more mild recent winters, ice has not formed on Lake