Parc des Rapides LaSalle

It was a great morning for a walk. It was cool , about 18c and a very light breeze. A blue sky with a wisp of cloud. I got the park just a little after sunrise and grabbed a shot.

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I met King and Yvonne. Off we went. Not many people this early in the morning, just some joggers and photographers. On the trails, we ran into Amy and Christina, fellow birders and photographers.

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I noticed a Great Blue Heron flying low and towards us. Lo and behold, it landed near us. I managed to get a few shots of it landing. I had other shots of it on the branch. However, they didn’t have action like this landing shot.

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Further down the path, we came across a patch where there was a lot of avian activity. The sun was in back of the birds and most of my shots were silhouettes. I walk around to the other side and the sun is now behind me. I got this lovely shot of a Yellow-rump Warbler.

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Lots of Song Sparrows.

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and a few Black-capped Chickadees.

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Nearby, we spotted a Male Northern Cardinal. It looks like he is in the process of molting.

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Plenty of Mallard ducks,

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Canada Geese, and

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Ringed-bill Gulls

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We heard a lot of screening come from the pine trees. This went on for a few minutes. Then, some American Goldfinches landed in the open and we saw this. Feeding time!

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In the distance, we save lots ducks, geese, cormorants and a Great Black-backed Gull.

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A few crows flew by.

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Later in the morning , some kayaks.

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I saw this pink flower in the morning light.

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I nearly stepped on this fuzzy caterpillar, I wait a few minutes while it crossed the path. This got me thinking “Why did the caterpillar cross the path?”

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Now, I am off to the BPQ Feather Fest.

BPQ Featherfest

That all for today’s walk.

Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.