Fall- and bird-watching at Fletcher Wildlife Garden & Arboretum

Near this time last year, the fall colours at the Arboretum were around peak-time, so I came to the Arboretum yesterday and today to see if the timing is still similar.  Sadly, the timing is a bit advanced this year so most leaves are on the ground now.

Yesterday, I came with a friend and we bird-watched as well.  I forgot my binoculars and telephoto lens at home, and only had the OM 50 f/2 lens on my camera (which is why I returned again today).  I discovered a new birding spot behind the Fletcher Wildlife Garden's Interpretative Centre so we spent some time looking for birds there.

We saw this bird which we think may be a Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus).  This is a 100% crop of the original image.
Pin oak (Quercus palustris).

One of the few trees with most of its leaves still on the tree.

Lonely maple leaf
Most of the scenes were like this - more leaves on the ground than on the tree.
I brought my telephoto lens today so I was able to photograph the birds.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) enjoying goldenrod seeds.

Male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).

A poor image of the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus).

A large flock of Canada Geese, gulls, Mallards, etc on Dow's Lake.

Here is the list of species that we/I saw the past two days:
1. Black-capped Chickadees
2. Brown Creeper
3. Canada Geese
4. American Crows
5. American Robins
6. White-breasted Nuthatches
7. Purple Finch
8. Downy Woodpeckers
9. Hairy Woodpeckers
10. Dark-eyed Juncoes
11. Mallards
12. Hooded Mergansers
13. Double-crested Cormorants
14. Ring-billed Gulls
15. Common Goldeneyes
16. Mystery white goose (Snow Goose?)
17. European Starlings
18. Northern Cardinals
19. American Tree Sparrow
20. Blue Jays
21. American Goldfinches
22. White-throated Sparrow
23. Common Mergansers

Hopefully I can still go out and do some bird-watching next month, if I am not too burdened with work or discouraged by the cold temperature.

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