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Pied-billed Grebe

September 30, 2014

The Pied-billed Grebes are such cute little diving ducks!

pied-billed grebe

Stubby

They hardly have any tail at all.  These grebes have unusually thick bills to help them crush large crustaceans.  This is a good sign that we have crawdads!

pied-billed grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Pied-billed grebes are “part bird and part submarine”.  “They can adjust their buoyancy and often use this ability to float with just the upper half of the head above the water. They catch small fish and invertebrates by diving or simply slowly submerging.”

Ripe Blackberries on the Alsea River

August 30, 2014

These Wood Ducks know what to do at high tide!

Looks like they found a treasure trove of blackberries.  Too bad they can’t jump higher.  Nobody else is going to eat them.

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Wood Duck Drake

I had no idea that ducks ate berries but other birds do so why not!


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