Monday, 1 April 2013

A drive to the rivers to see the birds

Hooded Mergansers took off!
We had a grand time. There is a spot near Smiths Falls where the birds gather.

Old dam footings, suddenly the bridge ends!

South Mud Lake drains into north east, into the river. The river wends its way to the wide, unnamed damn (irregular shape on the right of the satellite shot).

This dam, empties, leading to a culvert under the road, then empties into a marshy bog. I want to do some research to figure out who put it there!
Canada Geese on the far frozen shoreline
Pretty safe, methinks.
Incoming geese were chased away!
The road is quite new, in the grand scheme of things.

The birds were amazing.
red-wing blackbird
Song sparrow

What is shameful is the garbage people leave behind:
a diaper, cigarette packaging, bottles.
Geese on the move
The mallards were pretty pissed off with me!

The ice just sinks as it melts, the fast-flowing dam..
Here are a pair of Bala Mallards!
We drove to the water to see the birds! A couple of Canada Geese, breaking through the ice, blackbirds, mallards, all singing for love! Watch as she loses here footing, despite treading carefully!


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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful birding place Jenn. And it looks as if it's warming up finally for you.

Thanks for hosting are doing a great job.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I see we've both been enjoying the geese and mallards. You took some stunning shots. I've never heard of snowfleas. Just one of the many reasons why I enjoy
"Our Word" so much. Always something to learn. Thank you for your fine work!

Christine said...

ah yes, my favourite time of year. There are a lot of geese around the city too.

eileeninmd said...

Jenn, looks like you went to a great place for birding. The Mergansers are one of my favorites. The scenery is pretty. Thanks for sharing and for hosting. Have a great week ahead!

Red said...

There's a lot of interesting activity in this wetland area.

Kay L. Davies said...

We saw quite a few geese on our way to Dinosaur Provincial Park on Friday, Jenn, but couldn't decide if they're part of a northward-migrating flock or some from the South Saskatchewan River who over-winter where the electric company's plant keeps the water warm.
You got some great shots!

Karen said...

Great captures! I like Smiths Falls.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Very beautiful captures. I enjoyed your photos very much.
Wishing you a wonderful week.