Thursday, January 19, 2012

Duck Day!

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.
Red-headed Woodpecker

Going through the ramble I saw this Cooper's hawk, just, you know, hanging out
Cooper's Hawk

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.
Northern Shovelers

Then we saw this Cooper's hawk fly in and went over to check it out.  Maybe it wanted a duck.  Pretty optimistic!  
Cooper's Hawk

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........
American Coot

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?
Merganser!  This is the female hooded merganser, busily swimming along while being gorgeous.
Hooded merganser

This is the male, busily evading my camera's autofocus while being gorgeous.
Hooded merganser

It was a cold day but a great day for ducks.  Then we celebrated our ducky success with cocktails.  Yay for outings with friends!  :-)

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