For the Birds: New Beginnings


by Cheryl Baxter

Happy Easter Monday!

It’s finally spring!  The migration of many different birds has begun.  As I am out and about hiking and even driving, I am fully aware of the birds showing their affections for one another.  Ah… love is in the air!

As I am a Pakenham area resident, I can be seen travelling the area roads on a regular basis. I wanted to offer a heads up so to speak, to those who live around Mississippi Mills. If you see a pale blue Hyundai Elantra, travelling ever so slowly, or even parked on the side of the road, that is probably me.  I thought it necessary to alert my ‘neighbours’ as often I have been asked if I was alright, even having the local OPP pulling up behind me to offer me some aid.

I think there is one thing you should know about me, I have a continuously growing ‘Wish list’ of birds I would LOVE to capture on camera.  My number one bird on that list right now is the Eastern Meadowlark.   One day soon, I HOPE, I will be featuring that bird here. Stay tuned!  (If you haven’t seen my bio yet, click here)

As this is my first article, I thought  I would conclude by simply showing you some of my favourite photos of recent days.  I hope you enjoy.

Until next week, ~Cheryl

(Please click on the photos to see the full image)

Great Blue Heron (Indian River)
Great Blue Heron (Indian River)


American Robin
American Robin
American Kestrel (Pakenham)
American Woodcock (5th Concession South, Pakenham)
Trumpeter Swans (Clayton, Ont)
Trumpeter Swan (Clayton, Ont)
Brown Creeper (Pakenham, Ont)
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (male) (Pakenham, Ont)
Belted Kingfisher (Pakenham, Ont)
Red-Winged Blackbird in full display. (Pakenham, Ont)
Wood Ducks (Pakenham Ont)
Eastern Bluebird (male) (Pakenham, Ont)
White-Throated Sparrow (Pakenham, Ont)