McKenzie Marsh is Waking Up

McKenzie Marsh is Waking Up

Apr 8, 2011
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It was two hour trip back and forth to the McKenzie Marsh boardwalk. The spring is finally here. The pond was filled with all kinds of animals and birds. In this single trip I noted arrival of the Great Blue Heron. The Canada Geese been here for a while, as well as the Red Wing Black Birds. Hawks were hovering above. I guess it was warm enough, and the heat always helps for them to glide in the air better. The seagulls were flying back and forth. I have not seen Killdeer today, but they are definitely here. I also photographed new duck in town. It is kind of hard to identify from the photo I took (wasn’t that good), but I think it is Ring-Necked Duck. This will be a new addition to my birding collection this week. Two new species in one month spotted – the year is starting to look promising.

In terms of activities in the marsh. For the new boardwalk the work is in progress. On the existing boardwalk, Canada Geese are starting to preoccupy it. I have a feeling that this year again, second year in the row, we will have lot of Canada Geese here. I recommend that drivers are careful in this area, as there will be lot of geese crossing. If you happen to be in the area, you will also note nests everywhere, and they are very protective of the nesting areas too. As you can see on the photo, muskrat was just passing by, but the goose was already telling him to go away.

Canada Goose and Muskrat, McKenzie Marsh

Muskrats are such a nice little creatures, and the way they manipulate food in their hands is always amazing to observe. For some reason, they always remind me a raccoon.

It was warm enough that even insects were out – flies and spiders. Not the best combination for them to be together.

Matthew is such a little trooper, he was walking with me all this time. He always finds himself preoccupied. Usually he collects branches and stones to throw into the water. At some point he collected so much, that I had to carry them too.

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Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.

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