Female Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus).
Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser)
I think they got spooked by my presence (even though they were at least 50 m away from me on the other side of the wetland).
Landed in a different area of the wetland.
Near the beaver lodge.
A sign of the beaver around the lodge.
Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris). First of the year! I saw the same species around this time last year too.
I photographed this bird without knowing who it was at the time.
Based on its rusty crown, my labmate and I think it is an American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea). Another first of the year.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia).
After photographing the sparrow, I put my camera away because I was getting close to the bus station. Then I saw American Robins feeding on the ground ahead of me, and among the robins was a bird with a yellow breast.
I quickly realized it was an Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) - a bird that I last documented in my blog almost six year ago!
Once the meadowlark realized I was photographing it, it flew to a tree and was gone afterwards.
Definitely the most exciting wildlife day so far this year!