Tag Archives: mating season

American Robin

American robin in profile, photographed April 15, 2013. This bird has been perching in this tree next to the Rideau River consistently the past several days, likely having claimed a territory for mating and rearing a brood.

Photographed and posted by Geoffrey

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Drake mallard in breeding plumage.

Drake mallard getting ready for the spring nesting season 2013. He found his mate in the wintering grounds and followed her north to the marsh where she was hatched. This process ensures the gene pool is spread across the northern breeding grounds. He is not a particularly devoted husband and father. When his mate finishes laying her eggs and begins incubation, he happily takes his leave.

Photographed and posted by Geoffrey