Curiosity takes me to nature in the city
Being a bit of a nature junkie, and still not comfortable asking people if I can take their pictures, I thought I would see how many different types of animals I could find in Weaselhead Flats, the only delta in the city.
I haven’t been to this park in a number of years and it brought back memories of exploring the Elbow River with my kids when they were young. I remember seeing signs warning of bears in the park when I brought a visitor there one year – she was not too happy to be trekking through the woods and I am thankful that I haven’t seen the signs since. On the City of Calgary website it mentions that the park was closed for a while after the 2013 flood as they found undetonated explosives; likely from when the area was used by the military for training purposes. I’m not sure she would be too thrilled to go now either!
Google provided me with the answer to my “what are these” question – they are cliff swallow nests, and they will likely be in use in the next few weeks.
Two adult beavers were swimming just by the bridge. I was looking at the merganser ducks and was made aware of the beavers by a loud slap of a tail.
Mergansers are pretty ducks, although I thought the plainer one would be the female – she is actually the one with the crest of feathers – I should have known as she was preening away on the shore while the male checked out the beavers.
A couple told me that there was a baby beaver swimming around in a little tributary off the Elbow River so I went to check it out. After looking at the pictures, I think it was actually a muskrat and it was pretty cute.
I made it in time to catch the sunset, which was pretty; however, the full moon was obscured by clouds to the east. I’ll hopefully get a picture of that next month!