I was also interested to check the nearby field where tundra swans had been spotted the previous day. The pictures below are ones that I took the other day when about 40 swans were present. When I checked on the way to the swamp, only about 10 were in the field. Some distant waterfowl were present as well.
After checking on the swans, I continued on to the snowmobile trail entrance into the swamp on a nearby sideroad. I hadn't been able to travel these trails before due to the snowmobile traffic that had kept them busy most of the winter. Today I had the trails to myself. Golden crowned kinglets were common along the trail, but none appeared cooperative for a photo. Three blue herons flew overhead and the sounds of distant canada geese, tundra swans and chickadees rounded out my experience.
|Views looking down the trail|
|Tired looking autumn leaves.|
|Signs of a woodpecker meal.|
I still had a bit of time upon leaving the snowmobile trail, so I headed on to the rail trail in a different part of the swamp. Upon arriving there, I could see that birds were much more active here and I added many species to my list for the day. Plenty of turkey vultures were roosting in the trees. The distinctive sound of a northern flicker caught my attention and I soon picked out the bird in the top of a tree. The marsh along the trail had thawed and was a bustle of activity. More canada geese were swimming around. Red winged blackbirds, starlings and grackles were very vocal. There was also a large number of crows and gulls some distance over. The gulls appeared to be mostly herring, but the odd ring-billed could have been there too. Four wood ducks glided into the marsh as I prepared to leave and a flock of american wigeon flew overhead calling loudly. I would have stayed longer, but I had to be home to do the milking that evening. In the coming weeks I hope to be back to watch for new arrivals of the year.
|Snow dusted mallard nest tube along the rail trail.|
|Turkey passed by.|
|Receding Snow Along the Rail Trail|
I submitted an ebird list available here.
I hope to get out at home again soon to check out the wetlands and woodlots on our farm. I'll conclude with a few feeder shots again.
|The male goldfinches are really becoming obvious.|