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Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

My birder friend, Gerhard, gave me a call to tell me he was going to be showing a group of Dutch folks around the Alfred, Ontario area. He wondered if I might like to come along with my cameras. He keeps hoping I’ll learn a little Dutch, I think, as it was the language of the day. My language, of course, is pictures.

Gerhard always wants to be on the road by dawn (or earlier). He is a keen birder. I, on the other hand, am a keen sleeper :-). However, when he invites me on a birding outing, I rarely say no.

The group gathered in the east end of the city early in the morning (I live on the opposite side of the city so needed to get up earlier :-)) and headed out to the sewage lagoons near Alfred, Ontario. Sounds like a terrible place to go to spend an early morning moment but ask any serious birder where the sewage lagoons are anywhere in the world and they will likely be able to tell you!

Canada Explorer Hillman Marsh Nature Centre Ontario

Hillman Marsh Nature Centre near Leamington, Ontario

Hillman Marsh Nature Centre near Leamington, Ontario (Location)

The most famous birding area around Leamington, Ontario is Point Pelee National Park. Less well know is the conservation area at nearby Hillman Marsh. The area has been diked so on one side of the dike is open water habitat of the river and on the other side of the dike is the controlled marsh land.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) – I enjoyed watching quite a battle as the five terns squabbled over the one bit of fish.

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) chowing down on a bit of vegetation that it had brought to the surface. The muskrat is a semi-aquatic rodent found throughout Canada.

Yellow Warbler on nest (Dendroica petechia)

Tree Swallow  (Tachycineta bicolor)

Carp (likely Tachycineta bicolor sp) spawning in the shallows of the river.

As I was heading back to my campsite along Onion Road I saw this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) just standing in the ditch.  Light was quite dim and at first I thought it was plastic (until it flew away :-))

A female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) and her family swim through the duckweed alongside Onion Road.