Visiting Ottawa’s Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River IBA
This week, I visited Mud Lake, which is part of the Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River Important Bird Area. We were guided by Alex McDonald (Nature Canada Manager Protected Areas). I enjoyed feeding some of the following birds:
Canada goose: it has a black head and neck, white chinstrap, light tan to cream breast and brown back.
Mallard: I think it is the mostly easily identified duck. It has a green head, gray flanks, and black tail.
Wood duck: it is the most beautiful duck I saw actually. It has red eyes, green head and tail and reddish chest with white patterns.
Black Duck: it is mostly grey all over the body with black strips and a yellow beak.
Black-capped Chickadee: It has a black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside. It’s a tiny cute bird. I was little bit scared when the Chickadee landed on my hand but after feeding the first one, it was really fun.
I also enjoyed seeing other beautiful birds like: Green Heron, Downy Woodpecker, White-throated Sparrow that sings (oh-sweet-canada) according to Alex, Song Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Winter Wren. Indeed, it was a nice experience.
David feeding a chickadee