Have you heard the riddle we grew up with?
“What’s round on both ends and high in the middle?”*
It was our destination early this spring — specifically near the southern Lake Erie shoreline, which the local marketing folks like to call The North Coast. After Ellen spent about a week visiting her mother we did some birdwatching, catching amazing views during this migratory season, like this Great Blue Heron in flight…
…and another calmly awaiting lunch:
This Red-Winged Blackbird in flight…
…and at rest:
Great Egrets waded in the ponds a few miles south of Lake Erie, patiently fishing:
We know this area well, so scouted out other less-trampled spots to see what we might find…. and there, in the tree….
…can that be?
Yes, it is! A tree full of — cormorants!
I don’t know about you, but I was pretty surprised to see these web-footed diving birds on the branches of a tree!
Nearby, this pair of Mute Swans paddled leisurely around the pond…
…while this pair of Canada Geese paraded their family at the edge of the water:
But the pond was only so big, which meant the swans and geese kept a wary eye on each other:
It wasn’t long before the geese crossed some imaginary line and into what the swans considered their territory:
This assault sent the goose scrambling, and the swan headed back onto the pond to resume its afternoon swim.
This was casual, stop-by-the-side-of-the-road birdwatching. What might we see if we officially join other birdwatchers at a true birdwatching event? More on that… next time!