Not many unusual bird sightings this spring, and certainly no good photographs. The cold has held on and migrants haven't returned as quickly as they usually do. But that doesn't stop me getting out there to see what I can see. A friends reports a pair of Bald Eagles at lake Eugenia which they've seen more than once, so I go back hoping I'll see them too, but no luck so far.
But the lake has filled suddenly and quickly, nearly to its full level.
I had to use the binoculars to spot the Tundra Swans on the far side of the lake, just little white spots.
Zooming in with the camera I could actually pick out individual Swans, but they'll probably leave on their way to the Arctic soon.
This pair of Mute Swans may hang around on the lake all summer though.
I often see flocks of Ring-billed Gulls in flooded fields at this time of year; these were a long way away.
Here's a closer picture.
I don't know what it's got a hold of, but I thought this was a neat picture.
And one of a Mallard pair on another small wetland. Probably the most common ducks in this area.
But then we had another critter too, right outside the back window, a Groundhog, probably the one that raids our veggie garden.
It was obviously gathering dried grasses for its nest. We really like to find a way of persuading them to move elsewhere!