Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • January 27

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

American Black Duck. The one in the back with a bit of green on its head and cinnamon on its flank is a hybrid with a Mallard.

Domestic Mallard. The white “bib” and white on the face (in addition to its portly profile) are the signs of an escaped domestic version of the Mallard. The Mallard in the back has more normal coloration, but it appears also a bit rotund, suggesting it might be an escaped domestic bird as well.

Domestic Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Northern Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Look closely! This is *not* a two-headed woodpecker!

Northern Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Both birds are females. In this picture it is easy to see that the Red-bellied Woodpecker (left) has a female’s gray crown.

Northern Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. The flicker (right) does not have a bold, black malar stripe on its lower face. Therefore, it is a female.

Great Blue Heron. This bird will be coming up on its first birthday in a few months.

Great Blue Heron. This bird looked like it was rueing its decision not to head a bit further south for the winter, though there are a number of herons that routinely overwinter in the region.

Oatka Creek

Common Merganser

Great Blue Heron. Trying a different hunting location.