Wildlife observed (so far) this week

Now that the weather is getting warmer and sunnier, I went out to a few different spots this week and brought my camera with me.

Strathcona Park (Tuesday)

I went out to Strathcona Park during lunch break.  I had the 40-150 lens on my camera, and I was practicing the continuous auto-focus (with tracking) on the gulls.

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Quack, quack.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis).  Because of the non-native lens mount (4/3 to m4/3), the C-AF with tracking is not great but this was almost impossible to do on my E-620, so I can't complain.

As I was photographing the gulls, I saw this large, dark bird flying across the Rideau River.  The bird (Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus) is swimming towards the right side of the image.  See if you can spot it.

McCarthy Woods (Wednesday)

I did some grocery shopping on Wednesday and then went to McCarthy Woods to look for birds.  If I remember correctly, it was overcast that day, but I spotted two new species for this year.  Unfortunately, I forgot to switch my lens from yesterday so these photos were taken with the 40-150 again.

 Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

 American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)

Mud Lake (Saturday)

Given the increasingly warm weather, a few grad students and I went out to Mud Lake hoping to do herping.  Sadly, we did not find any frogs, snakes, or salamanders (mainly because a lot of the ground and ponds are still partly frozen), but I did see a couple of new birds for this year.

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Feeding sunflower seeds to a White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Goose unafraid and walking behind people.

Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) unimpressed with us not feeding it.

 Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

It will be another sunny and warm (about 17 degrees Celsius) day tomorrow.  I wonder where I should go?

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