This morning I shared a tea biscuit with a Blue jay!

Let me explain. For many years now I start my mornings about 6:00 a.m. with a coffee, a tea biscuit and a local newspaper under my arm and head out to find one of the many picnic tables off the Niagara Parkway. That’s where I spread out my newspaper and begin eating my biscuit and drinking my coffee. It’s rare that I ever run into anyone else. It’s like I own the place. There’s beauty in the quiet.

This morning at Locust Grove (jut before the entrance to Queenston Heights Park) a frisky Blue jay appeared over my shoulder and swiftly grabbed a piece of my biscuit. It’s the first time I ever shared anything with a Blue jay.

Before I arrived at Locust Grove I saw a Red fox in an open field on the grounds of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. A few minutes later I had to slow down and let a family of deer (Mom, dad and two youngsters) cross the road.

Here’s a few more of the creatures I’ve spotted on these special mornings; wild turkey’s, Turkey Vultures, a bald eagle, plenty of chipmunks, squirrels, and racoons (they like what’s in the garbage containers).

I realize how lucky we are in Niagara to be able to enjoy these lovely sights and animals. There are plenty more picnic tables that await you on an early morning drive along the Niagara Parkway.

Attached is an early morning photograph of Kings Bridge Park located at Chippawa a five minute drive upriver from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

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