Birds on the Alsea River

Aside from a peek or two of mom with their babies, I haven’t seen the hooded mergansers since they disappeared to their nesting grounds in April.  It’s nice to see them back!  This male was with a female.  I guess our part of the Alsea is their feeding grounds.  I see he caught a small crawdad.

Male Hooded Merganser
Male Hooded Merganser

Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers and Great Blue Herons were also scarce over the summer.  They, too are coming back to a favorite feeding spot.

Osprey in flight
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Can you see the small burl on the opposite side of the tree from Woody?

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron looks more grey than blue.  But when he spreads his wings there is a wide band that is the same color as his head; which looks bluish to me.

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