Today was a strange day in the park. At the pond, just one wood duck, who was a joy to see of course, but I miss the days when there are two!
But while I was deciding this, I took a look at two mallards mid-lake...... Courting, and then mating! Okay, either ducks do it ~all~ ~the~ ~time~ or I'm pretty lucky, because I've seen quite a bit of courting and mating this year. Well, mallards, anyway.
On to the oven, where a Cooper's hawk was hanging out. Juvenile. A birder there said it looked like the hawk had just eaten, because its crop looked full. It also had a smear of blood by the base of its beak, and several white feathers in its talons. It just sort of sat there for a while, then it got more relaxed with me there and got into the water, trying to get the feathers out of its talons. Hey, everyone has to wash up after eating!
This hawk is hiding.
Also at the oven were some squirrels scampering about even though the hawk was right there. After a while of chasing each other, they started mating too! Ah, spring.....
That was about it - no woodpeckers, very few other birds at all. A strange day!