Our plan was a simple one. Put our canoes into Constance Creek at Thomas A. Dolan Parkway and paddle/pole our way along Constance Creek until we reached Constance Lake. Not a long distance but an interesting trip as the waterway is next to impassable during the summer but manageable when the water is higher in the Spring. Our interest was int he bird life not speed so neither distance nor speed were an issue. There is no clear cut channel for part of the distance as the water meanders through thick marshland and patches of floating vegetation. There were plenty of Canada Geese nesting in the floating islands of vegetation along the way as well as many ducks and other creatures. Our first nesting goose that we encountered was nesting atop a beaver house and tried very hard to become invisible as we passed by. Continue reading →
Visited Cooper Marsh with my birder friend, Gerhard. We were hoping to see some of the wading birds and warblers but were either too early or too late in the season for them. As usual, we found lots of other things to look at. Cooper Marsh Conservation Area is located on the St. Lawrence River a few kilometres east of Cornwall, Ontario.
Hairy Woodpecker with bug (Picoides villosus) – This female Hairy Woodpecker was working hard at this tree when I arrived. I watched for awhile and was rewarded with the next photo when she pulled a large beetle from under a piece of bark.
A truly juicy meal for those who care for large beetles extracted from under tree bark.
Wilson’s Snipe (Capella gallinago) – I’ve looked for these birds in a lot of places but I have never thought to look thirty feet up on the top of an old tree stump until today.
Baltimore Oriole in Flight – Spent a good five to ten minutes trying to get a clear shot of this oriole sitting on branches in some low trees and at least one branch or leaf always seemed to be in the way. Then I decided to try and catch it flying between the branches and presto a result much better than I expected. (Icterus galbula)
There was no shortage of turtles sunning themselves in a small pond in the area and Poison Ivy growth was well developed.
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans): It’s that time of year again so watch out for the Poison Ivy!!! I have a number of shots of various varieties of Poison Ivy in our “Poison Ivy” page. Some Poison Ivy plants grow close to the ground. Others grow as vines.
My birder friend, Gerhard, and I were out for a drive in June just to see if we might find anything of interest. As we drove downhill to the point were the bridge crosses a part of the Dunrobin Marsh, we looked over at the man-made nesting platform and saw nothing there. At that moment, Gerhard noticed an Osprey perched in a tree off to one side of the road and I suddenly saw another Osprey overhead. I quickly pulled over onto the graveled shoulder of the road. Almost immediately, a car with flashing lights on the roof pulled in right behind me.