Good Friday seemed like a good time to head on over to Goderich and Lake Huron to check out the ice conditions in addition to the boy’s favourite fishing haunts. Our first stop was at along the 9 Mile River and while the guys were looking for fish, the sound of lots of activity from the trees along the road caught my attention. I was thrilled to spot a number of Kinglets and Brown Creepers. They were pretty busy, so I wasn’t able to get great shots, but good enough to identify them. I had never seen the Creepers before but, aside from their beautiful markings and their longish beaks, it was their bug-hunting routine that I first noticed. They would plummet to the bottom of a tree and rapidly move upwards searching for bugs. It was as though birds kept falling down through the trees!
Moving on, we headed to Port Albert to see the lake and the fish ladder there. A local guy said they will begin fishing for Rainbow Trout next week. There were plenty of Gulls, Mallards, Crows, Vultures, Blackbirds & Redwinged Blackbirds in the area. And on the road toward Bayfield we noticed a Bald Eagle perched in a tree keeping an eye on a couple pair of Hooded Mergansers in a nearby pond. The morning sun had disappeared and it was raining and threatening to snow by then.
And then it started to snow of course! A daring Wild Turkey dashed across the road in front of the car and fortunately we narrowly avoided hitting it. After a stop for something to eat at Bayfield we decided to see if there were still Tundra Swans in the fields near the Pineries. And indeed, there were still hundreds gathering there, as well as huge flocks of UFF’s, unidentified flying fowl. That’s a thing, right?
It was getting on, so we decided to call it a day. However, we decided to look for a field off the main road to Russeldale where we had seen Tundra Swans stopping a couple of years ago. And sure enough, they were there too in the hundreds as well. While stopping to watch them, we could hear the distinctive cries of Kildeer sounding the alarm.