Alfred Bog - Two pairs were feeding and doing courtship calls. It was great to observe these large birds. They all had varying amounts of dried mud on their feathers which they toss on themselves in the spring, making it look like a plumage change.
Ottawa - The winter is winding down so we can expect that this bird will be heading back to the boreal forest in two to three weeks. Because of its location along a popular walking/skiiing path it was viewed by countless people over the past few months. I wanted to make a final visit before it moves on.
Guelph - part of a small overwintering flock that were feeding on remnant wild grapes and berries, including these winter berries. This plant keeps its fruit into the coldest part of the year, usually until birds clean them out.