Ravens and Mergs

Took a Bigby walk along the lakeshore to end at the Ste-Anne rapids again beside the rail bridge, “just in case”.

There have been some changes in the ice pattern with new cracks forming but it will be some weeks yet before break-up starts and birding gets interesting. Nevertheless, the previously seen five Common Mergansers have increased in number to eight and they ere joined on the edge of the ice by a couple of Ravens intent on harassing them. The Mergs jumped into the water and swam along the edge of the ice before climbing out again while the Ravens stomped along to join them … eventually everyone settled down and peace was restored. This was nice, as the Raven on my year list so far was only heard so now we have a visual as well.

As I wasn’t expecting much, I only took a pocket camera, hence what follows is a cropped shot from a considerable distance. Many, many Rock Pigeons on the bridge, of course, so you can feats your eyes on them for a change.

Rock Pigeons on the Ste-Anne bridge
Rock Pigeons on the Ste-Anne bridge
Two Ravens with a group of Common Mergansers
Two Ravens with a group of Common Mergansers

Below is an Apple-Maps satellite view of the area vied from the north-west (upriver) with the edges of the ice/open water marked in.  The photo above was taken from the breakwater. In summer, the Ravens commonly nest on the highest part of the bridge.

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