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 hen Mallard (Anas platyrhychos) preening her feathers! Preening is important to birds, especially birds like Ducks who have to keep their feathers ship shape to keep the cold and wet away!
With the judge looking on the boys line up for the big race. George yells at Betty to get back in line so we can get the show on the road!
With Billy and Sis looking on, Mum turns her head as Bobby attempts his first full Pike off the log!
A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) doing what a Song Sparrow is famous for, Singing. This little guy was singing his heart out!
A Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
A female fledgling House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) has had a busy day. Just new to this world she’s learning how to get around. But, all the activicty has worn her out and she has a little rest in a Hawthorne bush. That big thorn will definitely stop her from tipping to the right!
Is there anything cuter that a cluster of Mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos)
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!
An immature male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) sitting high in a tree, keeping an eye on things going on around it.
A Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) here perched in a flowering bush, resplendant in his shiny Spring plumage.
A hen Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). This head forward behaviour is a response to a males courtship display.
A pair of Common Mergansers sitting on a water logged tree
A Double-crested Cormorant.
A Cackling Goose in portrait. A Cackling goose is a sub-species of the Canada Goose. They are smaller and have a shorter neck than a regular Canada Goose.
Somebody said “Nap” and they all agreed! Except for the guy on the left. He didn’t get the memo! These Cackling Geese are standing on a submerged log.
The Cackling Geese are a subspecies of Canada Geese. There was a large group of them on a local Pond. Mixed in were a number of Aleutian Geese which are another subspecies. The Cackling have small bills and a short neck. The Aleutians are a bit large and have a white circle at the bottom of their necks.
A Golden-crowned Sparrow just about to make a hasty retreat.
I like it’s stance, stretched over two branches!
A pair of drake Mallards. One having a bit of a stretch!
A Red-winged Blackbird
A Canvasback duck swimming in the green water of a local pond.
These guys always amaze me by the size of their bills!
A Double-Crested Cormorant
I always thought these birds looked very prehistoric!