Random photos from phone and camera

I'm departing for Colorado in less than a week, and life is too busy at the moment for me to post frequently.  Here are some of the photos I took since the last post (and also some photos before that taken with my phone that I didn't upload to my computer until yesterday).

April 22th - Sky-watching.

Looking at the dramatic clouds.

And then I looked at the water below and saw a creature moving along the edge of the water.  I only had my phone at that time and this was the best picture I got.  I think it was a Muskrat.

April 23rd - One of the first things I saw that morning was a Mallard on a neighbor's roof.  It was a strange sight.


April 25th - Went for a walk to Sawmill Creek and then to McCarthy Woods.

Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris)

Northern sweet-coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus)
Northern sweet-coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus) - my first time seeing this plant.

A cluster of flower buds.

Over at the west side of McCarthy Woods, the Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) are in bloom.

Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)
Blue flower.

Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)
White flower with some blue.

Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

April 26th - Went for a walk along Rideau River on Sunday.  I only had my phone with me and a Nikon D70S (more about why I had this camera later), but I saw three pairs of Wood Ducks, a bird-of-prey, and a Great Blue Heron.  Wildlife viewing is always more interesting when you don't have your proper camera with you.

This bird flew over a couple of people in front of me.  I used my phone to snap some pictures.  I originally thought it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk, but the picture below suggests that it was a Merlin.

The mask-like patterns on the face suggest that this was a Merlin.

Great Blue Heron - first sighting of the year.

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