A couple of cottage trips early in the week added more species to my year list, as well as some excellent photo opportunities in calm winds for a change.
My first Brown Thrashers (aka Goof Birds) for the year were heard before seen, as is usually the case with these amazing songsters:
A female Merlin rests in a bush...
...but as she flies off, the male Merlin returns to the bush to preen himself:
Our male Ospey rests in a pine tree to survey the lake:
He eagerly greets his bride, love is definitely in the air (I will spare you the bird porn shots):
The female rests in the nest, protected by her mate:
A beautiful pair of Common Loons took advantage of the calm day to do some courtship displays on the lake, so I took advantage of them! This first one was further out on the lake but was having an absolute blast, noisily splashing and skidding along the surface of the water:
The second one was much closer to shore and paid me no heed as I watched its antics in awe:
They concluded their performance by taking the show on the road to the other side of the lake, so I shouted out my "bravos" to them and bid farewell to the lake, what an amazing day!