This weekend’s early morning expedition was to Cooper Marsh (Marais Cooper) just over the border in Ontario and beside the St. Lawrence river.  Some interesting birding and a good number of species but nothing terribly special – mostly a nice ramble without other people to annoy us.  pausing for a coffee mid-morning we found ourselves in small thicket of trees beside the marsh that was heaving with numerous Common Yellowthroats and some Yellow Warblers hopping about gathering insects.  At the western end of the marsh there were many overflights of Snipe (Wilson’s Snipe) and all over the place were stands of brightly flowering yellow and purple iris.  A very nice morning.  The Ospreys had departed from the nesting platform which was being sued by several Snipe as a place to hang out and rest giving us good views through the scope.

Cooper Marsh - a very fine wetland birding site

Cooper Marsh – a very fine wetland birding site

One of the welcoming party near the entrance

One of the welcoming party near the entrance

Bullfrog deciding if we were a threat

Bullfrog deciding if we were a threat

Iris

Iris

More Irises

More Irises

Tree Swallow