Well, I went to the park just wanting to look at some nature, hoping to find some ducklings at the pond, check on things, have a nice walk, that sort of thing.
First at the pond I saw the wood duck, who is molting. He was absolutely mortified at being seen in such a state, and swam like nobody's business when he saw the camera! I tried to tell him that it was for science, but he saw right through that. I tried to tell him nobody reads my blog anyway, but he wasn't willing to chance it. So, I only got a couple of far away (and receding) shots. I'll try again soon!
I found one of the night herons on the near shore, pretty well hidden in the bushes and apparently snacking on ....... well, something.
Then the goslings - I'm not sure that's even the right word any more! As you can see, they have definitely entered their horrible awkward in-between phase. Hopefully they'll be getting more feathers - and dignity - soon.
There was a mama duck there with a couple of almost-grown ducklings, she was listening with interest and possibly alarm to the two ladies practicing what might have been opera singing.
Then at the azalea pond or thereabouts I saw a robin who had a really spotty, splotchy chest. It looked so weird! I ran into a very nice birder lady who was happy to hear about it, and she explained that was a young robin.
Then I went to the red-bellied woodpecker nest, seeing if they were home, if maybe I could see the young ones this time. I waited and after a couple of minutes, out came a woodpecker head. Then the woodpecker came out and sat on the trunk. One problem - that's a flicker, not a red-belly! Could I have been wrong all this time? No, I looked at my old pictures, and they are clearly red-bellies.
Did this dude just sort of take over and kick out the red-bellies? It's a strong maybe. What happened to the chicks? No idea.
Just to emphasize that not all woodpeckers are the same, a pair of downies came through. I was distracted from watching the flicker in the red-belly nest by the downies. It was a whole woodpecker situation!