After the weekend by the time Tuesday rolls around I’m itching to flee my “work nest” for the great outdoors. The only downside to autumn/winter is that I can’t get out after work. I’m keeping busy otherwise but I do miss nipping out for an evening check.
Last Saturday afternoon I headed to the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters. An eared grebe had been spotted there during the week. The CCIW path is my least favourite to trek either alone or with company. During the height of summer the bush is overgrown and unwelcoming. Autumn and winter aren’t too bad but I remain wary. During this trip I turned back about three times but ultimately forged ahead. Evidence of recent beaver or muskrat activity plus the windy conditions served to keep me on high alert. There was a good mix of waterfowl on the water, namely, grebes, gadwalls, swans, mallards, gulls, mergansers, scoters, etc.
I came upon this hermit thrush at about the mid-way point.
The double-crested cormorants have vacated this colony.
I went deeper into the path than I’ve ever been and was surprised to find a wooden platform at the end. From this vantage point I noticed a number of waterfowl, located the remaining double-crested cormorants as well as three great-black backed gulls.
This is a summary of visits to Lasalle Marina last Sunday and yesterday. The park was so busy with photographers that a passerby asked me if we were all members of a photography club. Of course the draw is the eastern screech owl.
Yesterday, I had a fleeting glimpse of a common loon.
Canvasbacks were on the west side of the marina.
The dark-eyed junco was the most vocal and numerous songbird. I photographed them foraging on the rocks, in the trees, in leaves and wherever visitors left seeds.
Got these mid-gobble:
These are the super models:
More gorgeous birds:
I had loads of fun, particularly running into fellow birders. I so enjoy their company including the brat of the group.