I decide to go to Dundee aka Réserve Nationale de Faune du Lac Saint-François. This is located in western Quebec on the south side of the St. Lawrence river where New York State, Ontario, and Quebec meet up. It was sunny and the temp was 13 degrees Celsius. A beautiful day for a walk.
Here is the view from the lookout tower.
An Eastern Phoebe landed in front of me and then took off. All I got is the back.
Birds are starting to arrive. American Restarts and Yellow warblers were everywhere. They were very friendly and I got nice shots.
I found some White-tailed Deer near the path. They were a little skittish. As I walked along they would stop and look at me. Then take off as I got closer.
I found a pair of Gray Catbirds and some Swamp Sparrows near the marsh.
Tree Swallows were occupying the condos.
I spoke the groundskeeper and he told me that the Osprey nest constructs collapsed and no money was allocated in this years budget. Hopefully, next year. He also mentioned that there was a third observation area a few kilometers down the road, close to the Ontario border.
This is the marsh at the end of the new boardwalk.
As I was leaving to go to the secondary parking lot, I met a few people who were looking it. They followed me.
We were in for a treat. A few Great Egrets few by us.
A pair of Sandhill Cranes were flying around.
Some Northern Shovelers
We spotted a Common Raven.
A Pied-billed Grebe surfaced near me. I managed to get one good shot before it dove under again. I heard it calling in the reeds further ahead.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere
We spotted four Turkey Vultures.
We heard a Wilson’s Snipe and could not find it. Walking along, one lands in front of me. I got a handful of shots be for it went in to the brush.
A little further, I heard it again. I found it in the reeds and managed to get a couple of shots. Here is one of its back.
Here are some shots of the pair of Sandhill Cranes. The male is the lighter color and the female is the darker color one.
If you look closely in the lower left corner, you will see a wee little Sandhill Crane. I was chatting with another photographer there. He had been here everyday for a week wait for the egg to hatch. The egg hatched 2 days ago. He said he took about 3000 photos.
Here is a shot of the 2 day old Sandhill Crane colt.
Nearby, there was a Canada Goose family.
I walked to an observation deck on the other end of marsh. The trees in the distance is where the entrance is. You may not notice this, there are Great Egrets, some Great Blue Herons and ducks scattered around the marsh. A beautiful scene.
That all for today’s walk.
Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.