Unfortunately I forgot that the spring programs start at , and I confidently appeared at , having missed many of the photo tips.
When I arrived, they were still discussing at the edge of Mud lake. Today there were Michael, Helena, Nina, Russell, Deanna, Bob & Tony.
I presume that Tony saw a Cooper's Hawk take a prey, because he led us over to the edge of the line of shrubs in front ofWe saw an Osprey flying over
by the Filtration Plant, and soon discovered it tearing something apart at the base of the shrubs. We took a lot of photos, but the light was low and I had to use ISO 3200. Mud Lake
Bob saw a Black-crowned Night-heron and a Great Blue Heron fly over. We had a Pied-billed Grebe on the lake.
There was a fly past of Common Goldeneye down along the river. We saw a pair of Wood Ducks along the shore.
We moved on to Hilda feeders, where we met Helena who did not stop at Tim Hortons like we did. She said that a Merlin had just scattered everything. Even though many of the feeders were gone or empty, there was enough seed around to keep birds in the area, particularly American Tree Sparrows. Slowly they began to return - Mourning Doves, Dark-eyed Juncos, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Northern Cardinals.
After a bit of a search, Tony located it. We noticed some Turkey Vultures circling, then the Merlin reappeared a the top of a tree. I was just getting closer for photos, when it took off and razed the feeders again. Returning to the cars, we saw a White-breasted Nuthatch.
Returning to Hilda, Common Grackles and Blue Jays had taken over the feeders. We heard a White-throated Sparrow across the road, but the best it would show was a glimpse in the dense thicket.