Marais Cooper

Up early today to visit Cooper Marsh, just over the border in Ontario and alongside the St-Lawrence. Always a favourite place of ours to visit in the spring, and especially so when the sun shines like it did today. You can find where it is here … http://www.sparroworks.ca/Site_pages/coopermarsh2.html

Plenty birds, which was the object of the exercise, and spectacular views of the nesting Ospreys … sadly, the nest is just too far away for perfect shots with my big lens and though I have a tele-extender it necessitates hand focussing if I use it and hand-focussed flight shots at a distance are, let us say, “tricky”. Anyway – some nice pictures follow.

Apart from the Osprey, we also saw Tree Swallow, White-throated Sparrow, Great-crested Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Catbird, Red-winged Blackbird (vy the thousand), American Robin, Common Yellowthroat (briefly), Am-Crow, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Canada Goose, baltimore Oriole, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Wilson’s Snipe (one of which tried to land on my scope), Grackle, Swamp Sparrow, warbling Vireo, Mallard, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cowbird, MODO, RBGU, Common tern, Black Tern, yellow-rumped Warbler, BCChickadee, Northern Flicker, Bobolink (heard), Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Double-crested Cormorant.

Now for some pictures …

The eastern of the two passarelles

Red Trilliums

Yellow Warbler

Catbird

Tree Swallow (the very devil to photograph in flight)

Osprey (1)

Osprey (2)

Osprey (3)

White-throated Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Swamp Sparrow

a.. and finally, just next to the car park, Turtle Island in the sunshine

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> meanwhile, back at the pond, just the regulars are visiting still:

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