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 Billy and Sis looking on, Mum turns her head as Bobby attempts his first full Pike off the log!
Here’s todays Finch, a pretty Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) hen in the Lilac tree.
A hen House Sparrow checking out her surroundings from the door of her new house.
A hen Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). This head forward behaviour is a response to a males courtship display.
A pair of Northern Pintail hens in the green water of their pond
A pretty Mallard hen (Anas platyrhynchos) has found her own spot of sunlight to bring out her best.
A female Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) sits in a bush, surrounded by snow, all puffed up against the cold
A hen Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) in the snow.
A beautiful hen Wood Duck. Not at outlandish as her mate but she definitley has charms of her own. Her mate is in the background.
A cute little House Finch hen found a ray of sunshine in a mostly dreary day
A House Finch hen on one of our feeders. I thought his was a great backdrop. The bird feeder was there before the flower, which is a Rose of Sharon.
A lovely House Finch hen, waiting her turn at the feeder in our back yard. The feeder has been quite busy these days, with lots of fledglings about. Such pretty little things.
A pretty American Goldfinch hen comes in for a quick drink at the birdbath in our backyard. She’s followed closely by her mate in the background.
Here’s another pretty little House Finch. This one a hen. She came down to the water took one little sip and was gone!
A hungry Mallard hen getting a snack from my grandson.
Photo taken by my granddaughter!
This lovely Mallard hen was happy to have her portrait taken!
Here’s an Odd Couple. A drake Ring-necked Duck and a hen Bufflehead Duck. Maybe they’re just friends! I dunno!
Here’s the Woods! Mr. & Mrs. All sent for the busy season
This House Sparrow and her mate have picked out the nesting box they are going to use for the season.
Here’s another Mallard hen. Standing on a branch with new leaves showing, just waiting for a handsome male to swim by!
A hen Mallard has 40 winks, but always has a watch out.
The Wood Duck is a very colourful bird. As with most birds the males are more flamboyant than the females. In this case the female has very strong colourful markings!
A Mallard hen chugging across the pond leaving quite a wake behind her.
I love the triple reflection in this shot!