Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto, ON
20 November 2013
Each winter many thousands of diving ducks of numerous species take up residence on Lake Ontario. This has always been the case, but since the presence of Zebra Mussels Dreissena polymorpha was first detected, numbers have increased exponentially, due to this plentiful, readily-available food source.
The following pictures depict a large raft of ducks just offshore at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in the west end of Toronto.
While the ducks are a little too distant to identify many of them, Redhead Aytha americana and Great Scaup Aytha marila can be clearly noted. The pictures are designed to present the spectacle of large rafts of ducks on Lake Ontario. Numbers will progressively increase as late fall gives way to winter.