What’s not to like about Fifty Point Marina? While I waltz off on my own, my travelling companion enjoys a spot of fishing.
Common Mergansers ruled the air and lake. By a fellow birder’s estimate, the throng numbered 1,500!
Once the mergansers settled on the lake it was easier to spot Common Loons, Long-tailed Ducks, Scaups, cormorants and a Horned Grebe.
This female Ring-necked Duck was a nice find.
We spent quite a bit of time observing the mergansers. It soon became apparent that once the gulls (ring-billed and herring) detected a school of fish the mergansers et al. joined in the feeding frenzy.
Lasalle Marina was my first stop. The bright spark in the overcast morning was an encounter with two of three Carolina Wrens. Two were noisily foraging in the leaves in front of me while one was singing in the west.
This wren found what appeared to be an awfully weird looking morsel. The wren hopped into the open, trying two or three times to consume the tidbit. Well, my curious daughter, in sharpening the photographs, screamed, “Come quick! Look!” The morsel consisted of multiple larva encased in web/silk.
Next stop was Spencer Smith Park to check for waterfowl. Scoters, scaups and buffleheads were slowly drifting in from the west, near Emma’s Backporch. Too far for photographs.
A stop at the naval memorial was in order, given the previous day’s tragedy.
Final stop was a return trip to Fifty Point Marina. Although many of the Common Mergansers seen the previous week were no longer present, I was not disappointed. We had excellent views of this Surf Scoter.
On our return to the marina a hungry and very vocal Red-tailed Hawk flew by.
We spent some time at the marina, he fishing and I observing a group of Buffleheads whilst seated on the bleachers.
We chatted with a lad practicing his flyfishing technique in advance of his trip to Saugeen River. He explained his introduction to the sport, the skill set required, etc. On learning that he took lessons at Grindstone Angling, a Waterdown-based fly shop, I thought, “hmmmh, would make a great gift”.