Welcome to Canada.
The journey from South Wales to Toronto was smooth and uninterrupted, with us landing slightly ahead of schedule in the early afternoon. Once the entry formalities were dealt with, the hire car collected and a bit of a jumpy start as MB got to grips with the car, we were soon on the Interstate heading South West.
As well as the ubiquitous feral Pigeons, we soon picked up our first Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-winged Blackbirds (or “redwings” from now on) and Ring- billed Gulls. A comfort break provided the first opportunity to get the bins out and have a proper look around. Tree and Barn Swallows, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Grackles plus redwings all showed well, while a Savanah Sparrow was more distant and a Meadowlark little more that a hazy yellow dot on a distant fence post.
Despite the seemingly distinctive lack of road signs (they are there, they are just not that obvious), once we got off the interstate, we made our way to our accommodation without getting lost, though I’m not sure whether that was more the result of luck rather than fortune. By the time we had passed through Wheatley it was dark, but MB’s built in sat nav got us safely delivered to the cottage.