Sunday, April 5, 2015

Birds on the Move


Franklin Pond, East Gwillimbury

My husband and I have visited several ponds in the past few days to check out how much ice has melted. Close to home, the ponds are still ice covered, but this one is melting at the edges.

 Ice still on Reesor Pond pond, but it was melting

Reesor Pond is a favourite place for migrating Canada Geese. It's actually a holding pond for a nearby subdivision and not very deep. Once geese find a bit of water there in spring, they keep it open by swimming and splashing in it.

A sunny but windy day

At first glance, it looked like there were only Canada geese, but when I looked closer I also spotted Cackling Geese, Snow Geese, Buffleheads, Common Mergansers, Mallards and Ring-bill gulls. They are on the move!

Red-winged blackbird

McKenzie Marsh, Aurora

Mckenzie Marsh has a creek running through it and it is is now completely free of ice.

I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.

50 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Pretty captures of the geese and blackbird. The migrating birds are on the move. It is a great time for birding.. Have a great day, Happy Easter!

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely series of shots with a great number of birdss in some and beautiful reflections in another. HAPPY EASTER.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i love the reflection in the first shot. wOw! that's a lot of geese!
nice to see some melting, eh??

happy easter...and happy sunday! :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

seen and heard a lot of the Canada Geese as well. Happy Easter lovely photos.

Lois Evensen said...

How pretty! Happy Easter!

Birdman said...

We've still hot a lot of ice on water.

see you there! said...

The birds are on the move and you identified so many of them in that pond.

Happy Easter!

Darla

Birdman said...

'got'

John's Island said...

Thanks for sharing the neat photos ... that does look like a perfect place for birding. Happy Easter to you!

Viera said...

What a wonderful photos...reflection is really tremendous...Excellent place...

Debbie said...

love the red-winged shot!! i have a similar one much at a much further distance!!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice shots- and I am glad the lakes are clearing up a bit. More birds! Happy Easter!

ImagesByCW | C. Willison said...

I love your first image with the edge of the ice and the reflection.
Happy Easter!
Come and join at my new Saturday link up

Shammickite said...

I've seen quite a few robins around.... but they look very cold!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The geese and other water birds here also take advantage of all natural and manmande bodies of water.

Great pics!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, you can almost feel how happy they are to have some "unfrozen" water! Beautiful birds and great captures for the day and a big smile to start my day as well!!

Susan Anderson said...

What beautiful sights you have captured here!

TexWisGirl said...

hooray for spring's (and birds') arrival!

Linda W. said...

Nice reflections in your first photo, and great bird shots too.

Mary Hone said...

Wow, all those geese. I bet that sounds great, I love to watch them.

George said...

It's good to see some ice-free water. There is certainly a wide variety of birds on Reesor Pond.

VP said...

So many birds all around! Excellent photos!

carol l mckenna said...

Fantastic nature shots and love that bird with the touch of red!

Happy Week ahead to you
artmusedog and carol

Ginny said...

I love the last picture of the marsh! And a beautiful red winged. So many different geese and other birds, you must have had a ball! And I can see that in your pictures.

Fotolosopher said...

A lovely series, E.G. I especially enjoy watching all those ducks. I imagine we'll be seeing some of the Canadian Geese down this way soon. Actually, some of them have smartened up and stay here all year! :)

Some really nice reflections, too!

Kathy said...

I kept looking for birds in the first photo! Duh!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Isn't it wonderful seeing the signs of spring? I cannot imagine living where there weren't 4 distinct seasons. You appreciate the change.
Love your birding. My goldfish pond began melting, but it's frozen up again. sigh.

Stephanie said...

Lovely to see Winter is leaving your area and spring is finally arriving for you. Love all the shots!

cieldequimper said...

Marvellous photos again EG.

RedPat said...

There are snow flakes coming down here as I type this, EG! Love your shots for the day.

Mari said...

Whoah, that's a huge amount of birds. The grass's reflection on water look really nice.

CountryMum said...

So many birds! How wonderful to see. Great photos.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

what a lot of birds!

Barbara Wójcik said...

Red-winged blackbird is beautiful!

Cloudia said...

I'm still on the water's textures in the first photo!

Then the blackbird and. . . . .

Bravo

ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Ruth Hiebert said...

It is exciting to see the birds coming back. I also love the reflections.

Michelle said...

Happy Easter!

Randy said...

Love the reflections in the first and last shots.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Great catch on the other geese. Those Canada geese can dominate, for sure! Beautiful photos!

Janis
GDP

Aimeecakes said...

Looks like a fabulous place for bird spotting and it must be nice for you to see some unfrozen water!

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos - I always look forward to seeing and hearing the Red-wings. LOVE their songs.

llandudnopictures said...

I like how they all face the same way!

José Mendonça said...

What a beautiful series!

Susan said...

These are wonderful!

Donna said...

Beautiful pictures and I especially love the blackbird...

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like quite the flock of geese. Love how you caught some in flight. We just got our first redwings back not to long ago--they have such a sweet song.

Rambling Woods said...

You have a good eye. I just took an online web cast offered by Cornell on waterfowl identification and strange waterfowl hybrids. Wow... the possibilities are endless. SOOO nice that we are moving into true spring finally...Michelle

William Kendall said...

Great shots- and quite a crowd!

fredamans said...

Love all the geese, WOW!

A Quiet Corner said...

Trying to play catch up and I must say those geese in flight are PERFECT!...:)JP

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