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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • January 22

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

White-throated Sparrow. Resting after a breakfast of grapes.

White-throated Sparrow

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Many Places • January 20

Oatka Creek, January 17th. All the other pictures were taken today.

Downy Woodpecker, Oatka Creek Park

Northern Mockingbird, Oatka Creek Park

Northern Mockingbird, Oatka Creek Park

Northern Mockingbird, Oatka Creek Park

Northern Shrike, Black Creek Park (Today, the bird was positioned directly into the sun. Oh well.)

Black-capped Chickadee, Mendon Ponds Park. Things started off quietly ...

Black-capped Chickadee, Mendon Ponds Park. But, then it was fight time!

Black-capped Chickadee, Mendon Ponds Park

Black-capped Chickadee, Mendon Ponds Park. Round 2.

Black-capped Chickadee, Mendon Ponds Park

Tufted Titmouse, Mendon Ponds Park. It wanted no trouble!

Tufted Titmouse, Mendon Ponds Park. “May I have a peanut, please?"

Virginia Rail, Mendon Ponds Park

Virginia Rail, Mendon Ponds Park

Virginia Rail, Mendon Ponds Park

Friday, January 16, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • January 16

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • January 15

Common Merganser

Common Mergansers

Common Merganser

Buffleheads

Bufflehead

Bufflehead (mid dive)

Bufflehead

Buffleheads