Monday, September 19, 2011

New Wetland,Common Yellow Throat, Cedar Waxwing, Common Grackle, Canada Geese, American Bitterns, Wood Ducks, and Ring Billed Gulls.

NW Side Showing Ridge.
North side looking east.
I spent the weekend in the new wetland, so be prepared for a lot of wetland photos. The scenes are meant to help you orient yourself, as the wetland divides in two.  There is a central area or dyke down the middle as the north side is part of the old town water system and is still maintained. The dyke links the ridge to the river area and is a main highway for canids and bears. So you're always watching over your shoulder, as bears are now getting ready for hibernation, and add about 20 percent of their body weight. It's not a big deal, but you just don't want to startle a male. There's an intensity to the forest now with birds thinking migration, and four legged creatures thinking food.

 Just a quick note. This forest is mainly coniferous, and soft woods, so the primary fall colours are green and yellow. But with the regeneration, there are now some maple and oaks, providing a red fall colour. Otherwise, the only red colour comes from the Pin Cherry trees and the Blueberry bushes.

The Blue-winged Teal and the Cormorants are new to me!!

Remember you can click on a photo and set up an enlarged slide show.

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South Wetland Looking West

South Wetland Looking East.

A Maple Turning.

An Open Area In the South Wetland Filled with geese and Ducks.

Female Common Yellow Throat Warbler.

Immature Cedar Waxwing.

Fledgling Comm on Grackle.

Northern Harrier.

Female Wood Duck.

Male Wood Duck

Flight of  Blue-winged Teal Ducks.

Ring Billed Gull


Tandem Canada Geese.

Flight of Canada Geese.

Tandem Canada Geese.


  1. are those bitterns or cormorants? looks like your water has duck weed on it, or is it algae of some form? i miss the colors of maples. we don't get them this far south.

  2. Looks like atumn is happening up there Gary! Great shots, love the wood duck!

  3. A wonderful read and beautiful images Gary.. Many thanks for sharing.

  4. A fabulous post, Gary. I enjoyed it so much, especially the wood ducks, and your lovely blue skies.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. A great post Gary, just you watch out that you don't become part of that 20% body weight increase.

  6. A new wetland? How lovely! What wonderful colours and birds you've captured...

  7. Wonderful world and what a choice of birds you have ! I only see magpies, crows and sperlings here around.

  8. Hi there - good set of pictures as ever! I miss being able to see geese in the wild!

    Cheers SM - Australia