Saturday, February 28, 2009

Closeup photos of Common Mergansers

Common Merganser
Female Common Merganser
Male Common Merganser

It turns out that it pays to have a duck blind in your backyard. We've worked out a system of going out the front door, sneaking down the fence line, hiding behind the shed, and then sitting on a bench behind the camouflage blanket that is draped over a fence at the water's edge. It's a good spot just to watch the antics of the mergansers without scaring them off. Today, after waiting a while, some common mergansers swam by. The top two are a female and the bottom a male. These pictures are definitely worth clicking on to get a detailed image. There are some hooded mergansers in the area, so we might not go out for groceries today.

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Anonymous Dra924 said...

Great pics & howdy neighbor! I actually live off Metlars lane in P-way. Found your site when trying to find out what type of hawk has been hanging around my yard. Great photos! Small world too!
Sandy

February 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Sometimes we need air traffic control at the feeder

Pine Siskins and Goldfiche 

Finches at the feeders 


The feeder is quite popular these days. Pine Siskins and Goldfinches are sharing the feeder in the top photo. Two house finches are shown in the bottom photo.

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Hooded Mergansers on Lake Nelson

Hooded Merganser 

Hooded Merganser 


The Hooded Mergansers are back.

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Chickadee & Goldfich

Chickadee 

Goldfinch 


We want spring to come as much as these birds do.

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