I still have a duckling on my front porch. Apparently I have a pack of vampire ducklings down there. They are all nibbling on each others' wing pinfeathers! So far no one but poor Hannibal has had to be segregated, but I wish they'd all cut it out! We just put permanent fencing around their run and quadrupled the size, so they are hardly suffering for excitement. SIGH. Anyway, onto other birds.
The weekend before last was Thanksgiving, and we decided to drive up to Alfred, Ontario to visit the Alfred Sewage Lagoons and the Alfred Bog. Believe it or not, it was all much prettier than it sounds!
The fall colours were quite spectacular last weekend. Here's a stand of maples, and if you look to the left of the rightmost tree's trunk, you can see a combine harvester out harvesting soybeans!
We passed a nice dairy farm or two. Or three. Or four.
And more beautiful colours!
Then we arrived at the sewage lagoons, home to the Alfred Birding Site. Apparently the sewage lagoons are eastern Ontario's premier birding site.
Who knew a sewage lagoons could be so pretty?
Through the binoculars, we saw Snow geese, Canada geese, mallards, and Ruddy ducks and probably some other waterfowl, but I needed my friend Happy Wombat Boy there to perform long-distance identification!
We brought some binoculars with us...
...but the site had a lovely birding observation tower, complete with powerful binocs! We were very impressed.
This lagoon had been drained, obviously.
Here's Gordon looking all ornithological.
And some bird had made good use of the tower during nesting season! Robin, perhaps?
Someone showed up to do a bird study while we were there.
If you're anywhere near Alfred, I highly recommend this place. I am looking forward to going back for some more birding.
Next post: the Alfred Bog!