Sunday, January 25, 2015

Redheaded Birds...

A redhead drake (or male redhead duck) is mixing with the mallards on Lake Kittamaqundi today. It might be the same one seen at Centennial earlier. Our winter visitors play musical lakes as they look for any open water on our local lakes.

In addition to that redheaded bird, we had some pileated woodpecker activity in the woods along the path this weekend. I believe that the pileated spends most of its time in the deeper woods just north of the lake, but it (or they?) occasionally wanders down here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Redhead Duck, etc.

On Centennial Lake this weekend...It's another diver, too, if you're trying to photograph it. Adult male in breeding plumage. My first one. (Earlier this winter, I photographed juvenile redheads on Kittamaqundi.)

Canvasbacks and ringnecks were on Centennial, too, and more buffleheads.

When the lakes are mostly frozen, the pond below the dam at Lake Elkhorn is another good place to look for winter visitors mixing with the usual mallards and Canada geese. Kittamaqundi was mostly frozen over this week, as was Elkhorn above its dam. Wilde Lake currently has a stretch of open water like Centennial.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Bufflehead and Coot Ballet

Lake Kittamaqundi is almost entirely frozen over. Last week's ducks and mergansers moved. I found some of them and much more at Centennial Lake this weekend....


At the end of my walk, as I was about to get into the car, a park ranger spotted and identified the red-shouldered hawk.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Large group of ring-necked ducks on Lake Kittamaqundi

I counted up to 19 individuals in this largest group of the species which I've ever seen on the lake. Photos taken yesterday, January 2. Hooded mergansers were out there, too.


Group of hooded mergansers, male and female, taken a couple of days ago. All females in the photo above it. They move between the lakes while spending the winter here, and I spotted them on Lake Elkhorn last weekend.