Loop 2: Station 8
Many different types of birds can be seen in and around open water, beaver ponds and emergent wetlands of LCNP. This variety of habitats provides a home for many songbirds, waterfowl and wading birds. Some are seasonal migrants that may nest here in summer, while others find safety here in winter.
Each has unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in this environment. Swimming birds are typically either divers or dabblers. Divers, like hooded mergansers, dive underwater to catch fish and aquatic organisms. Canada geese are surface feeding birds, keeping their body above water and dabbling their heads underwater looking for food.
Wading birds like the great blue heron, and the smaller green heron, stalk patiently in the wetlands. Their long necks with spear-like bills allow them to capture fish and frogs while wading in shallow waters. Belted kingfishers make spectacular aerial dives to catch small fish.
The wetland edge has the most diverse array of wild bird species?
The mosaic of open water, aquatic weeds, cattails, shrubs, and trees makes for a diverse habitat, home to a wide variety of birds. Not only geese, ducks, herons, and other fish eaters, but a sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, swallows, and raptors will be frequently seen here.
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