Saturday, March 28, 2020

Not All Ducks Are Mallards

I stopped by the Helen Carlson Bog this morning. It used to be a cranberry bog but over the years beavers flooded it and altered the habitat.
Sometimes people passing by and ask me what I'm seeing. People who aren't into birding may lump all ducks into one category and generally just assume I'm talking about Mallards. When I pointed out these Ring-necked Ducks to a neighbor they were surprised they didn't have a green head like a male mallard or mostly brown color of the female. One of the nice things about birding is being able to point out something new about birds to the casual observer but only in small doses.  Too much   information at once can spoil the moment.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Head Of One Of The Most Hated Birds Around

 How can anyone hate a bird with such a handsome head of brown feathers?
Brown-headed Cowbirds are returning in big numbers. The females will soon be replacing the eggs of other species with their own eggs. This parasitic behavior is why many birders don't approve of the cowbird. I don't judge birds, I just look at them.

Friday, March 20, 2020

When Killdeer Are Here Spring Is Near

Killdeer start showing up as winter is ending and Spring Is Close.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Tail Of Two Turkeys

 I saw my first turkeys of the year this weekend.There was 10 hens but it was these two toms that put on a real show.
 They sure seem proud of their tails!
It's a Tail Of Two Turkeys!