I set up a trail camera station for Trumpeter Swans. Fingers crossed that they’ll do the Tofino two step for me!

This is Walter. I disturbed him while he was searching for dinner. He tolerates me.

We all know about 2020,so no need to flog a dead horse. I find we are such an optimistic species! With each coming year we hope it will be better than the last………….having said that…..It won’t take much to beat this year! So HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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    1. yes Anne It was! I went and looked to see If the Trumpeters were in their bay (where I have set up a trail camera),,,,but alas they were not. I hope the station hasn’t scared them off? They are very sensitive to changes in their environment.

  1. I agree, Wayne, 2020 is a low bar. There is much to be grateful for though, and we are all still waking up on the right side of the ground, so I guess I can’t complain, too much. :-)

    I’m caught up with you again, and WP seems to be sending me notifications again for your site. I enjoyed seeing these magnificent birds!

    1. Wp seems to be doing that to a few others as well. That’s what happens when you replace humans with Bots.
      You have always sounded like a very positive soul Lavinia! People like you cannot be held down for long!

    1. thank you Sabine! I have a small project going right now. I put a trail camera station up to capture the trumpeters! This camera has audio capability so I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing them!

  2. Happy New Year to you. I recently read a quote from Anne Frank’s diary. Despite the misery of war, she tried to focus on the beauty that remained, I see you doing the same ! Thanks for always showing me the beauty around you, I am grateful and I know many others are also. – David

  3. Hi Wayne, I was pointed here by Lynette – I use trailcams in the UK, and also lived in Nootka Sound for a bit so it’s great to be reminded of the island’s wildlife with your beautiful photos.

    Out of interest, which cams do you use? I’ve tried quite a few but my preferred ones at the moment are Browning Strike Force.

  4. At least Walter tolerates you and doesn’t fly off in a huff like some herons I know! Great closeup of the unusual-looking eye too. Yes, we are optimistic for a better new year and all the resolutions … just to glide into a new year and have a fresh new year and clean slate is comforting. Happy New Year to you and your collection of feathered and furry friends Wayne!

      1. Yes, sometimes he freaks and flies away and other times he stays, but is mindful I am close by. I am sure when he stays it is because he sees the shad running and wants to stick close by. The fisherman I was talking to last Sunday, kept catching one perch after the other just using cracked corn (same as what he was feeding the ducks) and he said he could see lots of shad. So that’s probably too good a lure for Harry to leave because of me.

      2. I’ll bet that is the reason Wayne. Sometimes it’s like he sees the whites of my eyes and just flies off in a huff. It is a good spot he has off that cement ledge for peering in the water. The fisherman that was there last Sunday caught a whole slew of perch while I was standing talking to him.

      3. Well he threw each perch back into the water, but said that when he catches shad (all fishing done with cracked corn by the way, which surprised me how he even baited it), he tosses the shad on the Creek bank for the mink who grabs them and eats them. I’ve never seen a mink at Council Point Park. They are supposed to be at Lake Erie Metropark in the marsh, but I’ve not seen them there either. He said the ducks eat the head of the shad, and discard the rest. That was news for me.

      4. Yes, in the extreme Winter temps we find them in the smaller lakes and Creeks, hundreds of them frozen underwater whenever we get a prolonged cold spell and the Creek freezes over. No oxygen for the shad during that time and it endangers the turtles and crayfish as well, though they are usually better off as they burrow beneath the sand/silt.

      5. What your describing is called “DO”. Dissolved oxygen. DO levels do drop in the winter but remember that water flows,so a stream is usually supplementing a lake or pond with fresh DO. If there are too many fish in a isolated area,yes they can deplete the DO reservers and suffocate. Plants on the bottom do consume part of that Do as well. Any decaying organic matter as well.

      6. The DNR always reminds people who go to visit parks what is happening as the shad, which you could see through the ice when they were frozen, suddenly wash up on the banks of the body of water, sometimes hundreds at a time. You are supposed to contact the DNR if more than 50 are laying there and they will come haul them away. It’s hard to tell how many aquatic plants are at the Ecorse Creek as the water is murky, but last week when I was talking to the fisherman, he said it was not dirty water as it was getting fresh water from the Detroit River (a mile away) … you cannot see to the bottom though.

      7. they should leave the fish there. That food will help the ecosystem restablize. Food means life or death, so keeping food for everyone else can only help the local environment!
        They haul it away so people in the park are not offended by the smell.

      8. You’re right – it’s usually still pretty cold, so I’ve not noticed the smell so much as it looks bad with dead fish all along the shoreline.

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