Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blue Heron eating something

Blue Heron
Heron

Chris noticed this large blue heron make a graceful landing on the other side of the lake. A large blue heron was a common visitor last fall before we started blogging and Mike has been wanting to take his picture, even if it's from a distance. He took a few and then was surprised to find out that he caught it eating something rather large. At first we thought it might be a muskrat, which herons have been known to eat, but now we think it may be a large fish. Whatever it is, it looks too big for it.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Egret on Dock

Egret

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Finches at the feeder



I couldn't decide which of the two finch photos was better, so I posted both.

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Baby Mallards


Here is the family of four baby ducks swimming in the stream past the dam. They are getting larger and are a little more independent.

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Geese

The Canada Geese are by far the most numerous waterfowl on the lake. They can be a bit of a nuisance and are the reason that most people have fences on the lakefront.
Canada Goose

Canada Goose



"Whitey," as we call her, is a white goose. We aren't sure what type of goose she is. At first, we thought she was a snow goose, but the snow goose has a much different shape to its beak. Whitey is more domesticated than the other geese and we speculate that she may have been a domestic goose that is now out in the wild. It's hard to call her wild. She seems to enjoy handouts more than the wild geese. She notices when the first light goes on in the morning and appears just in case we have something. She'll get up on the dock and attempt to join in a snack or a conversation. She'll get involved in our yard work.
Whire Goose

Whitey


Some neighbors have told us that in the past she's laid eggs and had goslings. There don't appear to be any this year. We have seen her mating with the Canada geese. So that brings up the question as to why there are some geese with white heads but mostly Canada Goose markings. We've read that Canada Geese can interbreed with Snow Geese and produce goslings with similar markings. We don't know if these are Whitey's offspring.

Hybrid Goose

Hybrid Goose?



Below is another goose with unusual markings (at least to us). The goose above is the same size as the Canada Goose. The one below is noticeably larger, but hangs out with Whitey often as well as the Canada Geese.
Hybrid Goose

Hybrid Goose?



Whitey and the larger hybrid goose



Geese

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Anonymous chan said...

Hi, I am doing a project for school on canadian geese and was wondering if I could use your picture in it.
Thanks

October 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Yes, you may use the picture for a school report.

October 28, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

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