Lagoon Report XXXVIII

Rocks balanced on bollard, Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islans


A fanciful balancing act on a bollard on the Eastern Gap.

Robin nesting on road bicycle, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Miele Mama

A robin nests on a road bicycle, a most interesting location to raise one’s young.

New Year's Eve sunset, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

FU 2020

Sunset on New Year’s eve 2020 over the Eastern Gap. A beautiful end to a tough year.

Muskrat on shore, Island Public School, Toronto Islands

A Muskrat Education

A muskrat sits on the shoreline by the Island Public School.

Red-eared slider turtle damaged by prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Chopper 2021

Checking in with Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been documenting for years. Chopper’s shell was damaged by a prop, but has healed up nicely. Here’s Chopper in 2020, 2018, and 2016.

Mature black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Punk Outfit

A mature black-crowned night heron on Doughnut Island, shortly after finishing the migration north.

13 Black-crowned Night Herons in one tree, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Heron Tree

A baker’s dozen of 13 black-crowned night herons perch on the Heron Tree, where the first migratory group always lands every year. Here’s the same tree back in 2011.

Mink eating a crayfish, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Mink Snack

A mink enjoys a tasty crayfish on the shores of Centre Island.

Four red-eared slider turtles on a log, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Bumper Crop

Four red-eared slider turtles (an invasive species) bunch up on a log in Snug Harbour. 2021 is an absolutely epic year for turtles, with more in the lagoons that I have ever seen before.

Killdeer, Forestry Island, Toronto Islands


The comically large eyes of a Killdeer on Forestry Island.

Removal of final beer stein light, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Steinful Farewell

The final beer stein light fixture is removed from Third St.

Red-necked Grebe, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Red-Necked Grebe

The lovely details of a red-necked grebe migrating through Long Pond.