The burst of warmth for a couple of days recently has ushered in some action, especially with respect to spring wildflowers, butterflies and frogs. Birds....well it has been a start, but not nearly as well represented with rarities than some other places east and west of Rondeau. Maybe there needs to be more people out looking???
Regardless, some of these recent days have been wonderful to be out. On some days with a bit of warmth and virtually no wind, it has been most enjoyable. Although Rondeau sticks out into the lake which makes the weather cooler if the wind is off the water, there are some more sheltered areas where things are happening. Wildflowers started really popping up. One day last week there was nothing to be seen, and two days later, I noted Bloodroot, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Spring Beauty and Dutchman's Breeches all showing up. Colt'sfoot, a non-native species, was also in flower.
Nearby this Wood Duck box, was a Painted Turtle basking in a sheltered part of the cattail vegetation.
Another frog species that so far I've only seen and not heard this spring is the Green Frog. I noted several out thermoregulating (i.e. basking) along the Spicebush Trail. Interestingly when I looked at this photo on the computer, I noted that in addition to the adult, there was a tadpole from last year's age class also in the photo....it is situated just a bit above the stick towards the upper left of this photo.
FYI, all of the above images were taken with my new Canon 100-400 mm II lens. My older, first version of the Canon 100-400 lens which served me faithfully for a few years and is in very good shape, is still available for sale.
At one of the main camera dealers in Ontario, a used one is listed on their site for ~$1300. I am willing to sell mine for $950, which also includes a Pro 1 77mm UV filter.