Oh look, more birds!

Another blog post with pictures of birds. It’s the most interesting thing I see these days! The variety of birds I encounter each week blows my mind!

Bald Eagle

So, I saw a Bald Eagle! It flew right over me. I didn’t realize what it was, I just knew it was something huge flying away from me and I needed to snap!

Seagull

Not an Eagle, but a Seagull – did you know there are actually a large variety of gulls?

Canadian Goose

I saw a lot of birds in flight this week. I’d like to practice getting action shots. It’s tricky, but it’s something to work on!

American Robin

I used to hear people say “If you see a Robin, you know spring is coming.” I don’t know how accurate that is – but it’s far from spring here in Canada!

Trumpeter Swan
Red Cardinal

Cardinal’s seem to be cautious birds. This one was out in the open. When he saw me he flew into this bush. He watched me edge closer and closer to him. He let me take a few snaps and then went further into the bush. The smaller birds are faster and can hide easily – extra challenging!

Gadwall
Waves don’t stop them

A Gadwall is the same size as a Mallard, but it’s bill is thinner. They come to this area to migrate. It’s been fun seeing different types of ducks, they tend to hand out together too!

Greater Scaups

Scaups seem to just stick together though – they’re an exclusive group.

Hungry Mallard

Someone left bird seed and this Mallard was looking to get some lunch!

Guess Whoooo

I’m dedicating this post to this little guy above. Weird seeing a racoon wandering around in the middle of the day, right? That’s what we thought too. He was sick. He had something called distemper.

Distemper is a virus that infects the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, the spinal cord and the brain. It is generally always present in the raccoon population although at low levels. It is the second leading cause of death in raccoons. … Distemper is highly contagious and is transferred through inhalation.

Once a raccoon is infected, there is little to no chance of survival for the animal. It can take several weeks for the disease to run its course in the raccoon. Young raccoons are most susceptible to this virus. The best way to help an infected animal is to contact the…Humane Society who will ensure the most humane decision will be made for the animal and that it does not continue to suffer or spread the infection

https://omhs.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Distemper-in-Raccoon-website.pdf

So, this is what we did. We contacted Animal Control for the city we live in and someone came and took the little pup away. It’s really sad seeing a sick animal, but I know that we did the right thing as it would suffer a painful death if it was left alone, and possibly spread the disease to other raccoons in the area.

Sorry for the sad ending to this post. Here’s another Robin pic to end on a better note!

Thanks for viewing!
-Jasmin

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