Behind our house is a short section of the Trans Canada Trail, locally known as the Benjamin Park Trail, very convenient, and popular with cyclists, dog walkers, joggers, people out for a stroll and birders like us.
Yesterday, Miriam and I walked it and saw our first Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) of the spring. This species, known as Camberwell Beauty in Britain, is reliably our first butterfly of the season.
It characteristically lands on the ground with wings outspread, very pleasing for a photographer. Males frequently attack others of their species, and will even engage in threat-posturing to humans.
It was good to see them in pristine condition, before their wings get worn and ragged as the season progresses.
The bird life was not characterized by anything unusual, but this male Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) was busy with nest construction.
A Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) seemed to derive great pleasure from bathing.
Along this trail at least, everyone seemed to have taken social distancing to heart and moved to the side to maintain the recommended two-metre space. An alien visiting Earth could well have been forgiven for thinking that humans are an unfriendly lot! I suspect that we might appear unsociable for a few more weeks yet!