Macoun Marsh in Beechwood Cemetery

Today's weather is really nice - sunny and not too cold.  The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club had a birding event at Mud Lake this morning at 8 AM, but it was too far and too early for me to go on a Sunday morning.  I instead went to Macoun Marsh, a part of the Beechwood Cemetery.

The marsh is located at the southeast corner of the cemetery.

It is quite a small marsh.  I'd say it is even smaller than the Terra Nova slough back home.

Trail leading to the cemetery.

Great job by everyone trying to maintain some sense of biodiversity here at the cemetery.

The outdoor classroom, a good bird-watching spot.

The National Military Cemetery
Then I went to the National Military Cemetery (NMC) to have my own moment of silence and give thanks to the fallen soldiers.

The National Military Cemetery

Another part of the MNC.

A lot of thoughts about death came into my mind while walking around here.  I think when I die, I would like to be buried in a forest and with only a tree as my headstone.

After a short walk around the MNC, I went back to the marsh and enjoy some peace and quiet with the birds, e.g., this Dark-eyed Junco.

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Singing male cardinal.

A curious Black-capped Chickadee as I was leaving the area.

Other birds I saw but did not photograph were: Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins, White-breasted Nuthatches, gulls, and crows.

Hopefully this weather continues (at least during the weekends), so that I can go out and enjoy some sunshine and wildlife.

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