Just down the road from home is the “Ecomuseum” which displays (and teaches about) animals and birds of the St-Lawrence valley. Mostly, these are animals that have been rescued and cannot be re-released for various reason. On a whim, we dropped by today, not having been for a very long time, and had a terrific time in the sun getting close and personal with species that normally we see at a distance.
Later in the day, took a turn (sans camera) to the end of the road where it abuts onto the St-Lawrence … plenty of RB-Gulls, Cormorants, Scaup, a Heron and a small group of about eight or ten Wood Duck adjacent to a patch of sheltering reeds. At this time of year, the males are in full and splendid plumage and they were delight to see – hard to get close, however, they are a very flighty species and rapidly hide themselves when approached too closely but neverthless we had a good SSV of them. Close by, a Sharp-shinned Hawk in a tall maple tree was much put out by the presence on an adjacent branch of a Blue Jay and tried to scare it away – I don’t think the Jay found the Hawk all that convincing.
Here are a few of the people we met:
Wood Duck female – this one was wild, it just happened to be lolling around the vicinity
Lastly – a wild Flycatcher (possibly a Phoebe – these guys are notoriously hard to identify. Weak wing-bars, no eye-ring, yellow belly)