Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Denizens of the Marsh

Denizens of the Marsh
Beaver Creek Road
Waterloo, ON
14 October 2013

    This little wetland, surrounded by houses on three sides and the road on the fourth, continues to yield an amazing variety of species.

    It seems fairly certain that Black-crowned Night Herons Nycticorax nycticorax have bred there and this juvenile was spotted resting during the daylight hours. At times we have seen as many as three juveniles and one adult.

    Another pleasant surprise has been the constant presence of up to four Great Egrets Ardea alba; today there were two.

    Many Red-winged Blackbirds Agelaius phoeniceus bedecked the trees with numerous males, surprisingly, singing as though it were Spring.

    I guess these two Canada Geese Branta canadensis decided they needed a better vantage point and flew up to the roof of a nearby house. Judging from the condition of the roof, it is not the first time they have used this perch!

    A Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon perched unobtrusively in the background.

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