A most handsome duck is the Mallard (Anas platyrhychos). He also is one of my favourite ducks! Wherever one goes there seems to be Mallards. Three Cheers or Quacks for Mallards!
A adult Barred Owl (Strix varia) came out to visit us along the edge of the trail on our afternoon hike. We heard that it was in the area, and we very lucky to see it! I’m pleased as it’s a lifer for me!
A Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) here perched in a flowering bush, resplendant in his shiny Spring plumage.
A Double-crested Cormorant.
A mister Cowbird trying to make an impression with a mizz Cowbird. AH, Spring!
Here’s another duckling shot! I can’t resist them! Something above has definitely got the attention of one of them!
A Mallard hen and her brood!
A Red-winged Blackbird hen
Here’s a followup to yesterday. This is the final sight of the Goldeneye when it dives!
A pair of Common Goldeneyes. The male on the right is in the process of diving. They use their tail feathers as rudders!
A Double-Crested Cormorant swims along like a submarine with only it conning tower out of the water!
An American Coot chugs along
A study of light on water, along with a Hooded Merganser hen
A pair of Common Merganser hens. Sisters? Perhaps!
A Red-winged Blackbird beside the water
Try as I may, I could not get this little girl to look at me full on. I would just about get her and she would duck behind a branch. I finally got a shot of her, but thought this was was cute.
Click on the image for a larger view. Larger is better.
This lovely lady has had her nose in the mud, but that’s why she called a dabbling duck.
Here’s you Ducky Salute of the Day!