Today I met a friend in the park and we walked around the reservoir looking for fancy ducks. I sort of started without her though, because I went by the pond on my way up there and saw that there were three male wood ducks there!
|Male Wood Ducks among Mallards|
They have one lady friend. Good luck Honey.......
|Female Wood Duck|
Stopped by the see the red-headed woodpecker, who is getting a tiny bit of red. And for some unknown reason a blue spot. Weird.
Going through the ramble I saw this Cooper's hawk, just, you know, hanging out
Then it was reservoir time, and fancy ducks abounded!
Bufflehead! There were a few buffleheads, and we even got to see a group of about 8 of them flying. They are so funny!
Shovelers! A bunch of northern shovelers were there, mostly sleeping.
Then we saw this Cooper's hawk fly in and went over to check it out. Maybe it wanted a duck. Pretty optimistic!
Coot! Last time I came up the coots stayed quite far away. This time this coot came right over, apparently they are adjusting to being fed by tourists. They have quite a head-bob when they swim, they do look a little crazy........
Gadwalls! To me these are the most elegant ducks. I mean, if Frank Sinatra were a duck, I really think he would be a gadwall. Don't they just look like they are dressed for a nice evening out at the opera, with a string of pearls and cufflinks?
This is the male, busily evading my camera's autofocus while being gorgeous.
It was a cold day but a great day for ducks. Then we celebrated our ducky success with cocktails. Yay for outings with friends! :-)