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I went to Ile Bizard nature park for a morning walk. I met Jacques on the boarkwalk looking for a Grebe. He saw it, then it dove, and he couldn’t find it again. We went bird watching together. It was a cloudy, chilly, and windy morning. Not much activity today. Got in a nice walk before it started to rain.
Found some Mallards in the woods.
The were some Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets flying around. This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
I found one Painted Turtle.
The were a few Common Grackles in the marsh area.
A Red-shouldered Hawk flew by. Jacques and I had a discussion as which hawk this was.
There were a lot of Tree Swallows. They are occupying the nest boxes.
At the second boardwalk, Jacques spotted an Hooded merganser standing on a log at the far end on the pond. We discussing whether it a was female or juvenile. Suddenly, we heard splashing and the Hooded Merganser took off and was being chased by a Male Hooded Merganser.
The chase was on. After circling around twice. They landed and the male lunged after the female.
A brief courtship, some Hooded Merganser loving.
He is happy.
She is standing on a log by herself.
Swamp Sparrows were singing in the reeds.
Canada Goose on a pile of reeds.
Red-winged blackbird in the reeds.
A Northern Flicker landed on a dead tree near me. I managed to get a shot before it took off.
I tried to get a shot of the Flicker flying.
I found some American Goldfinches.
There were a few White-throated Sparrows in the brush.
That all for today’s walk.
Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.