Spring has begun in Ottawa, and the other day, I saw from ebird that a Harlequin Duck had been sighted along the Rideau River. The weather was quite nice today, so this afternoon, my girlfriend and I walked over to Strathcona Park and did a little bit of bird-watching. Along the way, we ran into a friend who mentioned that the water level was quite high and a Snapping Turtle was spotted feeding under a flooded swing set right next to the river recently.
Once we arrived at the park, we immediately saw a Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus - a bird I haven't seen in six years) swimming with some Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula).
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Love the glistening water on its skin.
Nearby, a young Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) was begging for food from its parent, but the adult bird ignored the begging and kept looking away.
Eventually, everyone will need to grow up and be more responsible.