When we first arrived at Magee Marsh on Sunday (Mother's Day), we took a short cut through a roped-off area at the edge
of the parking lot that we thought was simply restricting vehicle traffic.
We were soon told by a conservation person to return outside the ropes! :(
This bald eagle's nest was nearby and they did not want people approaching it ~ we had no clue!
~ a tiny nest ~
In the afternoon, as we drove to the nearby Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge,
we saw purple martins near the visitor's center.
Canada geese and goslings were around every bend, it seemed.
At Ottawa, the marsh grass stretched for miles.
~ great egrets ~
~ greater yellowlegs ~
At least, I think so! I have an inquiry in with Cornell ~ haven't heard back yet.
~ tree swallow ~
The tree swallow posed pretty as a picture for me.
~ great egret ~
We started seeing these swans and I was puzzled as to what kind they were.
Their dark necks and heads were throwing me off ~ I finally decided they had to be
juvenile trumpeter swans, since their necks and heads were not pure white.
But, we later learned that they actually were adult trumpeters
which were simply stained from the tannin in the water.
This one was busily adding grass and reeds to its nest.
There were several in the refuge ~ my first sighting of trumpeters in the wild ~ exciting for me!
I guess this one was exercising ~
He did strike a pretty pose finally, standing on one foot.
Next, we drove to nearby Metzger Marsh.
Clayton soon returned to the car ~ he was ready to rest a bit.
I followed a trail into a small copse of trees along Lake Erie.
Several birders were spotting different warblers ~ I was able to see a blackpoll warbler through the binoculars,
but was unable to get a clear shot with the camera ~ it stayed hidden much of the time.
Another birder identified it for me ~ I needed lots of help, since this was my first time observing warblers.
~ another small nest ~
This bird was really far away and in deep shade ~ had no clue what it was until I brought the photo up
on the computer screen ~ was delighted to discover I had a picture of a black-throated blue warbler ~ another first!
Back near the entrance, I captured a couple shots of a semi-palmated plover.
I believe this was another greater yellowlegs.
~ still waiting on reply from Cornell about this bird ~
We finally had to stop birdwatching for the day ~ a rain was coming. We dined at
a Hungarian restaurant that evening ~ I had stuffed cabbage rolls.
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"And these are they which . . . shall not be eaten . . .
the swan, and the pelican . . . the stork, the heron . . ."
Leviticus 11:13, 18-19