Saturday, October 28, 2017
Among recent visitors to Lake Kittamaqundi are a female gadwall and a male wood duck. More wood ducks might be present on the lake or nearby. In the photo, the gadwall is on the left edge, and the wood duck rather stands out on the right. The other two ducks are female mallards.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
The new fall planting of yellow pansy at Lake Kittamaqundi's Lakefront was attracting lots of hungry butterflies today. Many are migrating through (such as monarchs and painted ladies), and they are looking for butterfly road food here as wildflowers around the lake are fading. A few species on the pansies today...
|Painted Lady -- one of at least seven|
|Fiery Skipper (uncommon)|
And now there are two northern shovelers on the lake -- a male and female.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The visiting northern shoveler continues at Lake Kittamaqundi. Lately, he is associating with the three ruddy ducks (all males) and the pied-billed grebe (regular migratory visitors at the lake). Above, from left to right: two ruddy ducks, the shoveler, pied-billed grebe, and a third ruddy. Below: ruddy duck on the left; shoveler on the right.
Other photos taken in this week's clear weather follow, beginning with a fox snooping around on one of the peninsulas.
Above: View from the long footbridge at the north tip of the lake. Below: Young great blue heron.
The last photo here shows another migrating bird in brush along the shore near the Lakefront: hermit thrush.