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Murray Marsh

Murray Marsh is a Ducks Unlimited project just a few miles northwest of the cities of St Albert and Edmonton. Surprisingly, the birding community only discovered this marsh in 2005. Since then it has become a favorite destination for local birders, especially from St Albert and northwest Edmonton. Although no real rarities have been observed there (as yet), it has produced some locally hard to see species such as Wood Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Whimbrel and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

This gallery is an attempt to show all aspects of the natural history of the marsh, and in all seasons. With only a few exceptions, the photographs included in this gallery were taken at the marsh. A few common birds that I have not photographed at the marsh will be included, but I will attempt to replace them eventually.
Murray Marsh 8a.jpg
Murray Marsh 8a.jpg
Murray Marsh 8a.jpg
Murray Marsh 8a.jpg
Murray Marsh from north end 1a.jpg
Murray Marsh from north end 1a.jpg
Murray Marsh 1.jpg
Murray Marsh 1.jpg
Murray Marsh in the spring 2.jpg
Murray Marsh in the spring 2.jpg
Llamas at Murray Marsh 1.jpg
Llamas at Murray Marsh 1.jpg
Rock island with gulls at Murray Marsh 1a.jpg
Rock island with gulls at Murray Marsh 1a.jpg
Cattails 1a.jpg
Cattails 1a.jpg
Grass A2a.jpg
Grass A2a.jpg
Scentless Chamomile 7a.jpg
Scentless Chamomile 7a.jpg
Perennial Sow-thistle 1a.jpg
Perennial Sow-thistle 1a.jpg
Wild Mint 1a.jpg
Wild Mint 1a.jpg
Common Bladderwort 1b.jpg
Common Bladderwort 1b.jpg
Hairy Hedge-nettle - Stachys pilosa 1a .jpg
Hairy Hedge-nettle - Stachys pilosa 1a .jpg
Western Willow Aster 1.JPG
Western Willow Aster 1.JPG
Alsike Clover 6.JPG
Alsike Clover 6.JPG
Muskrat eating 3.jpg
Muskrat eating 3.jpg
Eared Grebe 17a.jpg
Eared Grebe 17a.jpg
Red-necked Grebe 17a.jpg
Red-necked Grebe 17a.jpg
Tundra Swans 3a.jpg
Tundra Swans 3a.jpg
Canada Geese on early spring ice 1.JPG
Canada Geese on early spring ice 1.JPG
Mallard pair 1.jpg
Mallard pair 1.jpg
Eurasian Wigeon 1a.jpg
Eurasian Wigeon 1a.jpg
Blue-winged Teal 1.jpg
Blue-winged Teal 1.jpg
Northern Shoveler pair.JPG
Northern Shoveler pair.JPG
Green-winged Teal pair 1a.jpg
Green-winged Teal pair 1a.jpg
Redhead 9a.jpg
Redhead 9a.jpg
Lesser Scaup.JPG
Lesser Scaup.JPG
Ruddy Duck 1.jpg
Ruddy Duck 1.jpg
Northern Harrier immature 1.jpg
Northern Harrier immature 1.jpg
Swainsons Hawk in flight 8a.jpg
Swainsons Hawk in flight 8a.jpg
Red-tailed Hawk in flight 5a.jpg
Red-tailed Hawk in flight 5a.jpg
Peregrine Falcon in flight 1b.jpg
Peregrine Falcon in flight 1b.jpg
Killdeer 2.jpg
Killdeer 2.jpg
American Avocet 16a.jpg
American Avocet 16a.jpg
Lesser Yellowlegs 6.jpg
Lesser Yellowlegs 6.jpg
Greater Yellowlegs 1.jpg
Greater Yellowlegs 1.jpg
Semipalmated Sandpiper 13a.jpg
Semipalmated Sandpiper 13a.jpg
Least Sandpiper 18a.jpg
Least Sandpiper 18a.jpg
White-rumped Sandpiper 3a.jpg
White-rumped Sandpiper 3a.jpg
Pectoral Sandpiper 8a.jpg
Pectoral Sandpiper 8a.jpg
Long-billed Dowitchers.JPG
Long-billed Dowitchers.JPG
Long-billed Dowitchers in flight 2a.jpg
Long-billed Dowitchers in flight 2a.jpg
Wilsons Snipe 1.jpg
Wilsons Snipe 1.jpg
Wilsons Phalarope female 9a.jpg
Wilsons Phalarope female 9a.jpg
Franklins Gull 4a.jpg
Franklins Gull 4a.jpg
Black Tern 3.jpg
Black Tern 3.jpg
Black Tern in flight 10a.jpg
Black Tern in flight 10a.jpg
Sora 1a.jpg
Sora 1a.jpg
American Coot and chick 1.jpg
American Coot and chick 1.jpg
Cedar Waxwing 9a.jpg
Cedar Waxwing 9a.jpg
Brewers Blackbird 3.jpg
Brewers Blackbird 3.jpg
Red-winged Blackbird 1a.jpg
Red-winged Blackbird 1a.jpg
Red-winged Blackbird female 2a.jpg
Red-winged Blackbird female 2a.jpg
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1a.jpg
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1a.jpg
Yellow-headed Blackbird female with damselflies 1a.jpg
Yellow-headed Blackbird female with damselflies 1a.jpg
Clay-colored Sparrow 3.jpg
Clay-colored Sparrow 3.jpg
Savannah Sparrow with caterpillars 1a.jpg
Savannah Sparrow with caterpillars 1a.jpg
Song Sparrow 12a.jpg
Song Sparrow 12a.jpg
Phalangium opilio - Harvestman 8a.jpg
Phalangium opilio - Harvestman 8a.jpg
Baetidae - Small Minnow Mayfly A1a.jpg
Baetidae - Small Minnow Mayfly A1a.jpg
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk 19a.jpg
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk 19a.jpg
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk 17a.jpg
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk 17a.jpg
Lestes disjunctus - Northern Spreadwing 1a.jpg
Lestes disjunctus - Northern Spreadwing 1a.jpg
Enallagma ebrium - Marsh Bluet 2a.jpg
Enallagma ebrium - Marsh Bluet 2a.jpg
Gerris sp. - Water Strider A2a.jpg
Gerris sp. - Water Strider A2a.jpg
Sehirus cinctus - Burrower Bug 8a.jpg
Sehirus cinctus - Burrower Bug 8a.jpg
Thymelicus lineola - European Skipper 13a.jpg
Thymelicus lineola - European Skipper 13a.jpg
Coenonympha inornata - Inornate Ringlet 5a.jpg
Coenonympha inornata - Inornate Ringlet 5a.jpg
Pieris rapae - Cabbage White 1a.jpg
Pieris rapae - Cabbage White 1a.jpg
Nymphalis milberti - Milberts Tortoise Shell 12a.jpg
Nymphalis milberti - Milberts Tortoise Shell 12a.jpg
Cisseps fulvicollis - Yellow-collared Scape Moth 12a.jpg
Cisseps fulvicollis - Yellow-collared Scape Moth 12a.jpg
Weevil D1a.jpg
Weevil D1a.jpg
Tipulidae - Crane Flies mating A1a.jpg
Tipulidae - Crane Flies mating A1a.jpg
Parhelophilus sp. - Flower Fly N1a.jpg
Parhelophilus sp. - Flower Fly N1a.jpg
Lejops sp. - Flower Fly B1a.jpg
Lejops sp. - Flower Fly B1a.jpg
Eristalis tenax. -  Drone Fly A3a.jpg
Eristalis tenax. - Drone Fly A3a.jpg