20160426 Ring Necked Ducks & Doe and fawn

This pair of Ring Necks was swimming warily on the pond between Grundy Lake Provincial Park and the remaining 2 buildings from the lumber town of Pakesley  , at the CPR/Hwy 522 crossing.

I have seen a pair there several days ago. Same pair?  Nesting?

 

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See the chestnut coloured ring?

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This mom and offspring were seen on the swamp on the east side of Hwy 69 between the Henvey IR turn-off and the Pickerel River.  I parked on the shoulder and photo’d them at about 100 yards:

Momma:

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Another car stops on the shoulder …

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After taking a drink, the little one looks at Momma ….

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And seems to be receiving a signal of some sort …

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The two of them resume grazing …

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… until another car arrives on the scene, prompting this leisurely departure into the thick bush.

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Gardeners will be interested in Mary Holland’s latest post about the effect of beetles on garden pests.

We have a couple of inches of snow this morning.  Hopefully the (forecast) +9ºC,  afternoon sun will remove it before the (forecast) -7ºC  freeze tonight.

 

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