Yesterday Dave and I saw two Sandhill Cranes in a field just south of the Birdsall Wildlife Area (2 pics). We also saw Pintail Ducks at Mather’s Corners, along with the species seen by Don Sutherland. We also saw lots of Common Mergansers at several points along the north shore of Rice Lake. We also came across a Turkey Vulture eating a dead animal on the side of the road. When we stopped it flew into a nearby tree just a few feet away and stayed there for a few minutes – unfortunately not long enough for me to get a pic. Last wednesday I saw a Merlin sitting near its nest in a pine tree in Little Lake Cemetery (pic). I also had fun watching a pair of Hooded Mergansers fishing on Little Lake (pics). About a week ago we saw the Red-necked Grebe just above lock 24/25 (pic). About two weeks ago I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing over 3000 Tundra Swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Area (pic). Copy and paste the following link in your browser to see my pictures.

Location: various
Observer: Sherry Hambly

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.