This blog is the part of a series that celebrates the Oak Ridges Moraine and engages readers in the review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Learn more about the moraine and plan review by visiting marvellousmoraine.ca.
The brutal winter weather in 2014 and 2015 has taken a toll on overwintering waterfowl along Lake Ontario. Cold temperature records were set in southern Ontario in February 2015 and there was a significant freeze-over of the lake, making it very difficult for birds to find food.
Winter and birding seem like an unlikely pair. “What is there to see in the winter?” people often ask.
The truth is that winter in southern Ontario offers some extravagant avian rewards. What better remedy is there for the winter blues than the sight of a bufflehead gliding across frigid Lake Ontario and flaunting his iridescent plumage?