It is unfortunate, but true. I have seen more dead mammals along the road sides during these last few 'warmer' days than I would normally see.
I have also seen (and smelled) skunks along the road sides. Probably all of these dead critters will be just what the soon-to-arrive Turkey Vultures will need in order to survive!
While at Rondeau a couple of times this week, I saw Eastern Chipmunks out. They weren't cooperative for photography...when they saw my camera move in their direction, they immediately retreated into a hole in the snow bank! This image below is one from another time.
White-tailed Deer are not numerous, but plentiful enough, and can be seen especially along the eastern side of the park. Their somewhat reduced numbers (compared to last fall) likely enabled them to survive the winter in reasonable health.
There have been reports of Tundra Swans arriving in southern Ontario over the past few days. However they don't seem to be setting down anywhere quite yet.....probably the snow covered fields and ice covered lakes have a lot to do with it!
|Lake Erie off of Rondeau|
|Panoramic view of some southeast beach dunes looking over Lake Erie|
As is often the case, bird feeders are where the action is. Along with the more abundant regulars, I noted these individuals at the Rondeau Visitor Centre.
|Eastern Towhee male, present since mid January|
One of the first things that caught my eye was this Merlin, getting a drink of water from a puddle in the parking lot!
|A hybrid between a Mallard and a domestic type of duck|
On the way home, I noticed some White-tailed Deer feeding in the lowland along a riparian area.
And some good news for those who have not appreciated the presence of so many American Crows these past few months. It is now mid-March and as the days lengthen, the crows will be wandering farther and farther from the Chatham roost, and won't feel as compelled to return to it at the end of the day. So Chathamites take heart....there will now be some respite from the crow masses until mid October!