It was a glorious spring morning as my husband and I headed for a walk along the boardwalk by the bay in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. While it was cold, the air was still, as confirmed by the reflection on the water.
Off shore, two boats headed out the bay, the first boats we've seen this year since the harbour thawed.
They were a welcome sight. Looking out the bay towards Indian Head Lighthouse, the sea and sky blended into one.
The gulls were noisy, that gull sound which signals salt water, a familiar sound of home.
Geese swam nearby and one commanded the attention of the others as she landed.
Two American black ducks swam around one of the streams which empties into the harbour.
The hen and drake have large bills and round heads and stayed close together in their little stream.
Further along the boardwalk, an osprey sat on a nest atop a pole. He was scanning the area, watching the cars and walkers pass below him.
This bird, a fish eater, nests in an ideal location, by the harbour and the streams which feed into it. This was the first time we had ever seen a bird in this nest which has been in place for years.
The city is repairing the boardwalk and area this week. Along the boardwalk itself, any boards which need to be replaced are marked with fluorescent paint to alert walkers and mark them for replacement.
The trees and limbs which were damaged are being cut and residents are free to take the wood.
Seedlings are being planted.
From the bridge where we usually stop, only a mallard drake is swimming today.
Where is the hen? Will we see ducklings soon?
As many times as we have seen the squirrels, they always manage to charm us. This little one looked to be smiling at us!
We saw the beaver but could only get one photo before he dived again. However, he looks like a log in the water.
We fear we will not get a good photo of him before the city moves him out of the area because of the flooding he causes.
On our return, we saw artwork on a lawn across the street from the boardwalk.
When you have scraps, why not use them in a creative way? It is a great addition to the area and a great place to finish to our walk.