We only saw a few critters on our trip up the Bruce, but one was a very friendly Garter Snake. I'll get to the man-eating seagull in a day or two.
This gull was friendly, but didn't quite attack us. As soon as we sat down on a bench and got out our lunch, there it was, with two or three of its friends, ready to scream a little for crumbs.
We sat there relaxing and enjoying lunch, and I happened to look down at my boots. A nice little snake! Rising up from beneath the boardwalk, also presumably to see if there were any crumbs.
It didn't stop coming toward me either, as I sat still watching.
But then it must have seen or sensed my presence and backed off a little.
It certainly wasn't afraid of us, and we showed several kids in a family eating lunch on the next bench over. The kids were thrilled.
My third critter to share is the largest groundhog we've ever seen! This is the sculpture of 'Wiarton Willie', by the beach in Wiarton where he lives. Wiarton Willie emerges on Groundhog Day to offer his prognostications on the coming spring weather, the most famous weather prognosticator in Canada. He's our 'Punxsutawney Phil'.
A larger view puts it in context. Quite a nice place to stop for lunch - except for those seagulls!
It's not known how many Wiarton Willies have passed on, but it's several! The original prognosticators were a trio, Grundoon, Muldoon and Sand Dune. The first Willie, an albino groundhog, appeared in the 1980's and lived an incredible 22 years. At least two other 'Wee Willies' have served the town since the original died in 1999. As you can imagine, Groundhog Day in Wiarton is a MAJOR celebration!