Fletcher Wildlife Garden/Jardin Ã‰cologique Fletcher, Ottawa Ontario (Location)
This AM, I had started off before sunrise driving to the airport so that my wife could catch a flight to Winnipeg. On the way home, I stopped first at Hogs Back Falls and then headed over to Fletcher Wildlife Garden to stretch my legs a bit and see what wildlife might want to come out to pose for my camera.
This location has a number of different areas ranging from the aquatic area around the pond, bushes and shrubs bordering on the fields of the Agricultural Research Farm and a garden area with feeders by their visitor center.
There were a number of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) circling above the pond area so I headed in that direction first and found a pair that would cooperate and let me approach quite close to them with my 300mm lens.
After taking a walk around some of the trails I headed over to the feeders where both a male and a female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) were busy pecking at the suet blocks. I only got a decent photo of the female because the male was pecking rather feverishly all the time that I was there and then flew into a nearby tree at about the time that I decided to continue on my journey home.