Sunday, December 24, 2023

Ponds Minus Ice=Ducks

So far, the temperatures have been moderate during the day with temperatures reaching the 40's. I've been taking advantage of this weather to search the local ponds for ducks. This is a secret little bog hidden in the woods.
This is a little pond right next to a busy road right in the middle of town. There was a scare a couple of years ago when a Snakefish Snakefish was found here. That is an invasive species and not one you want in your local pond!
Even a mucky little pond like this can have mergansers during the winter when there is open water. I especially like the markings on the Male Hooded Merganser. The female is seen trailing behind.
The Common Merganser is actually common during the winter here also. I believe they call them Goosanders in Europe.

I am hopeful that the ice will stay away beyond past the new year. That is when the new list of species starts all over again. It will be nice to find some of the winter birds locally which means less driving around to find what you're looking for.

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 14, 2023

When The Birds Get Quiet And Disappear

It's strange how you can go to a place that is loaded with songbirds one morning and then it's completely silent the next day. I looked everywhere, even turning over trees looking for signs of life.
Then after much searching, I finally found one. Now I know why all the other birds went into hiding. Once you get a sharpie or a Cooper's Hawk around all the other little birdies tend to get mighty quiet!

Sunday, December 3, 2023

The kind Of Snow You Don't Have to Shovel!

I was sitting near the dock of the bay after the clouds had already rolled away and to my surprise, some Snow Buntings came my way!
I've seen Snow Buntings many times during the winter but usually at Hammonasset State Park. These were at Saybrook Point which is in the county I live in.
Another thing I was pleased with was that the buntings were kind enough to sit up on a rail. Usually I see them on the ground mixed in with grass and gravel where it's harder to appreciate the subtle colors and patterns of their feathers.
It was nice while it lasted but then they were flying off to an abandoned parking lot. 

I appreciate the beauty of a snow storm or 2 during the winter but Snow Bunting have their own kind of beauty and the great thing is you don't need a shovel. Binoculars and a camera will do just fine!