On a couple of the briefly warmer days, there have been birds, herps and butterflies all to enjoy.
I saw my first of the year Eastern Phoebe a few days ago....two different birds, in fact, in different parts of Rondeau. This member of the flycatcher family is an early migrant. Although it eats mostly flying insects, in cold weather when insects are scarce to non-existent, they will eat berries.
There has been a moderate influx of Northern Flickers.......
Butterflies that overwintered as adults, may appear in areas on sunny warm days. I have seen Red Admiral (but it was too quick to get a photo of) as well as Mourning Cloaks.
Waterfowl are numerous these days, and are getting into mate selection and even egg-laying mode. A pair of Mute Swans has taken up residence in McGeachy Pond, as is usual, and has a nest.
Canada Geese are paired up. I saw this one trying to look as inconspicuous as possible while floating in some shallow water. Its mate was nearby. Normally they would be squawking a lot, and moving away from any intruder. However these two were totally silent. Their behaviour suggests that a nest with one or more eggs is nearby, but probably just at the early stage and the adults are not yet incubating full time.
Red-breasted Mergansers are quite common in the area right now. I observed some of their antics at Erieau a few days ago.
|A bad hair day|
|Vocalizations between two males|
|The happy couple|
|male with the female just going under|
|male in centre with Red-breasted Mergansers on either side|