Friday, April 4, 2008

Lesser Scaup

Mike spotted a white duck early this morning, found the binoculars and saw the male lesser scaup. (Actually, Mike woke Chris up who told him where the binocular were- he can't find anything himself.) He tried the new duck alert to get Chris out of bed, but it didn't really work and he had to go out in the rain himself to see it. He got some grainy pictures at dawn. Later in the day, when the rain stopped, Chris got much better photos and the female came by too.



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Grebe


This is the pied-billed grebe. We haven't seen one since last fall. The grebe sightting is where Mike first coined the "new duck" alert, calling Chris to come see something unusual. This looks small for a grebe. We think we saw a larger one last night, but didn't get a good picture. According to our books, the ring around the bill means it is in the breeding stage. It's so small that Chris thought it was a baby mallard when she first spotted it following behind a mallard this afternoon.

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Brown Creeper



Now, this little bird I didn't think I would ever be able to get a picture of. First, they are very well camouflaged against the trees, and, second, they move really fast, almost insect like, up the trees. I was very happy to even get this finally.

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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

This woodpecker just made my day. While out in the yard stalking the Scaups, I was very close to the suet feeder. I recently put a new kind of suet in which claims to be catnip for woodpeckers. Well, this one seems to love it, and I love its expression which seems to be a smile conveying, "Thanks, Chris. I love it!"

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American Robin: Spring is really here



We have an abundance of Robins, so while trying to shoot today's Scaups Chris got this one.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I have been looking at the weirdest Robin... Looks like a Robin.. a very thin female. It has a tuft on her head!! At first I thought it was a sad looking female cardinal. Definately a robin.The male is usually with her. Nice and plump with wonderful colour, and sooooo henpecked!!!!! lol. I watched them on the lawn a few days ago. He was having a time of pulling something from the ground.She got tired of waiting for him, so she went up to him.. chased him away.. and proceded to remove whatever it was herself... lol too funny. He stood several feet away from her and watched. Has there ever been any type of cross overs of these two species(cardinal/robin) so strange looking.

May 30, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

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