Lagoon Report XXVII

Toronto Island Community Portrait 2013, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Island Community 2013

Where were you on August 5, 2013?  Five years after the last community portrait, Islanders came together for a special panorama marking the 100th anniversary of the Ward’s Island Association.  If you couldn’t make it, mark your calendars:  the next portrait will be taken on Monday, August 6, 2018. Click image to view larger.

Great blue heron portrait, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands


Feather details of a great blue heron in Snug Harbour.

Northern map turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Map Time

2013 was a very good year for map turtles, their numbers have increased significantly.  Here a tiny turtle, about four inches long, basks on a log in Snug Harbour.

Great egret wing underside, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Inside Job

A glimpse of the underside of a great egret’s wing, preening itself off of Doughnut Island.

Mute swans fighting, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Crystal Skies

A mute swan, fighting another male, sprays water far and wide during the struggle.

Mute swan defensive posture, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands


A mute swan assumes a defensive posture against the deep shadows of September.

Cormorant with catfish, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Eye to Eye

A cormorant prepares to swallow a catfish whole, after a long but ultimately futile struggle.

Swimming Coyote, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Swimming Lessons

A member of the Parks staff, arriving at work at 6:44AM, caught this coyote swimming from Hanlan’s Point  to the IYC.  Photos by Kathy Gallagher: Click images to view larger.

CBC Porter Airlines Expansion Poll Screencapture

CBC Poll: ‘Ruinway’ Expansion

An online CBC poll inadvertently calls the Island airport runway a ‘ruinway’ in a bit of a slip on their home page, as Porter seeks to extend the runways further by 200m. The poll (as of September 5 2013) can be found here.

Canada Goose Tag XC54, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

New Bling

Canada Goose XC54 shows off her new neck tag, while sitting on her nest near Doughnut Island.

Maeve fire dancing, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Flaming Hoops

Maeve lights up the night with her flaming hula hoops at the 2013 Equinox Bonfire.

Nuthatch, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Early Arrival

One of the first arrivals of Spring 2013, a cedar waxwing (thanks Rob!) perches on a branch by the boardwalk.

Common Goose, Centre Island, Toronto Islans

Ol’ Blue Eyes

Taking a break from screeching like a broken car alarm, a goose shows off its stunning blue eyes on Centre Island.