Tonight Kathi and I were out at a local wetland watching TUNDRA SWANS go to roost and AMERICAN WOODCOCK doing their famous evening flight display. I had forgotten how wonderful the swans can sound. The woodcock proved difficult to see but we did get some close encounters with silhouettes buzzing by us.
Best of all, it was a beautiful early spring evening punctuated by the rising full moon. On the horizon the moon appeared larger than ever because it was the famous PERIGEE MOON - the closest moon in almost 20 years. It was a wonderful way to end the day.
Spent a few hours cruising the wet fields north of Pelee and then a brief run down to the tip area. There are lots of changes in Pelee this spring - newly paved tip road, new visitor center paved parking lot (definitely designed by an engineer!), new boardwalk going in at the marsh, and apparently a new tip transit service for this spring! Also some work being done on Sparrow Field. Hoping that involves actively managing this site for grassland species and viewing opportunities - still hopeful!
There was a good selection of waterfowl along Conc D and a nice smattering of raptors - two Rough-legs, three harriers and about a dozen Red-tails - also a Great Horned Owl on nest. The most photogenic subject was a RACCOON which was teed up in a small sapling along the North Dyke road (which continues to deteriorate). He/she sat there obligingly for this image.
Opossums in northern climes often have frost damage to their ear tips. This Raccoon clearly has a piece missing from one ear (see upper left of the image below). I am not sure whether Raccoons suffer this same issue as their ears are more fur covered. It may be more likely this was the result of a fight.