A Morning at Fort Whyte

I heard that Goslings and Ducklings had been making appearances at Fort Whyte, so I headed out there yesterday morning to take a peak.

I only saw 2 goslings – 1 in each of the 2 families I saw and no ducklings at all.  I didn’t actually see an awful lot of adults either though.

I did, however, see some great other sightings.  🙂

The little birds were being difficult again and refusing to pose for pictures.  I had one very cooperative Sharp-shinned Hawk however that landed right in front of me and posed long enough for one picture.  I was hoping to zoom in a bit more for a 2nd photo, but one was all he would allow.  It seems I got the ID wrong on the hawk.  It is actually a Cooper’s Hawk.  They are very similar other than size.  The Cooper’s has the rounded tail that this one has and the Sharp-shinned has a squared tail that is shorter than the Cooper’s.

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

I saw several turtles swimming and/or basking.

Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtles
Turtles

I saw some Pelicans floating lazily along on the water.

Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans

I also saw – but mostly heard – dozens of little chirpers and singers the whole time I was there.   I had things to do at home, so didn’t stay long this time.   This was a great way to spend part of my morning.  🙂