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Merganser Courtship

March 22, 2015

Springtime is full of activity as ducks try to attract the attention of the opposite sex.  Males attract females with their vibrant colors.

Male Common Merganser

Male Common Merganser

The female common mergansers don’t change their plumage much, if at all.

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

But their attitude seems to change quite a bit during courtship.  They choose a mate and chase the other males away.  Sometimes it looks like she’s even grouchy with her mate though.

(By the way, I don’t have any control over what videos Youtube displays after mine. Please tell me if it shows offensive video choices.)

When it’s time to mate, though, the female gets very quiet.

She probably laid stretched out in the water for about 5 minutes before her partner was ready.

March of the solar lights

March 6, 2015

It really is useless to keep the solar lights out over the winter in Oregon.  Or maybe it’s just that we live in a valley where the sun rises in the south and sets in the south and there are mountains to our south!?  I know the days are getting longer when the solar lights come out of their winter hiding place and line up to soak up the sun.  Only the darkness will reveal which ones are worth keeping.

solar lights

Solar lights getting ready for daylight savings time

I love how the sun can spotlight a tree!

glowing tree

The late afternoon sun spotlights a tree

We are really lacking rain here in the northwest though.  It makes me worry about what summer will be like.  Hopefully we’ll get enough spring rain to fill up the aquifers.

alsea river

Crystal clear Alsea River

The steelhead and smolts are in the river and therefore the ducks are plentiful.  We even saw an eagle take a swipe at some ducks.

common mergansers on log

Common Mergansers

mallard ducks

Mallards display their spring colors

And more hummers are coming to the feeder.

Rufous Hummingbird at feeder

Rufous Hummingbird at feeder

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour to take full advantage of the vitamin D opportunities!  Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning – don’t be late for church!


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