Tuesday, June 19, 2007

If It Quacks Like a Duck

Yesterday my friend Peggi picked me up and we went with the Vankleek Hill Nature Society to their annual "Birding at the Alfred Lagoon and Rhubarb" event. The birding was fantastic. We saw 12 species of waterfowl and many other birds as well. The Alfred Lagoon is eastern Canada's best place for watching ducks with many unusual species nesting there. My favourite was seeing the Ruddy Duck with his bright blue beak swimming close to Mrs. Ruddy Duck and their nine ducklings. The other striking sight was 200 or so male mallards coming into the lagoon for the evening...the females busy with their young did not accompany them. (The photo of the mallards above was taken by Richard early this spring.)

After all that birding, we headed to Monika's house for an evening of rhubarb. Intead of pie this year, everyone was asked to bring a rhubarb dessert. Not only were there several rhubarb pies, there was rhubarb cake, rhubarb mousse, rhubarb cheesecake and even rhubarb cookies.

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