The salt marsh which is sometimes a pond along the boardwalk is changed again. A recent storm removed the seaweed and sand which provided a dam at the mouth of the pond. Now the pond is gone and a stream is back in its place. You can see the opening to the harbour in the photo.
The poor American Black Ducks which call the area home don’t have enough depth to swim in places. Now we see them on the beach most days. Another storm is required to wash seaweed and sand back into the opening in the natural dam. I hope the ducks get their home back in their favourite condition soon.
Late in March, a pair of Kildeer were back in the marsh area. A pair hung out there last summer. Could they be the same birds?
One day recently, this Hairy Woodpecker was interested in the senior taking her photo.
The American Robins were back on the island during the last few days of March.
A Black-capped Chickadee landed on the bridge while I was there. I placed my hand in my pocket and the little bird flew around my head. I imagine it expected some food.
Mourning Doves like to pick seeds off the bridge when there aren’t any walkers around.
Dozens of Song Sparrows sing their greetings all along the boardwalk. Several were busy on the bridge collecting seeds one day. These tiny birds have powerful voices and their songs fill the air.
Tree Sparrows continue to visit the bridge as well.
A Red-winged Blackbird finally stood still long enough for me to photograph him. We have heard their chatter for a few weeks.
The Blue Jays along the boardwalk are always talkative. Their voices dominate any choir.
A Herring Gull
and a Ring-billed Gull
are from a flock of various gull species enjoying the harbour these days.
The harbour/boardwalk area is an avian paradise despite the cold so far this spring.