I don’t see these ducks year-round. So, when they come around, I usually have to look them up. They have similarities with scaups, both have blue on their bill and the colors are similar. Differences are obvious when looking at them side-by-side though.
Although the cloud cover this morning made colors muted, the blue stripe on the bill of the Ringnecked duck almost glowed.
I had NO idea where their name came from. I think I’ve said this before, but where is the ring around their neck? According to AllAboutBirds.org, it comes from the “hard-to-see chestnut collar around its black neck”….”not a good field mark to use for identifying the bird.”
I wonder if the first goose chick is an over-achiever?
This little guy got to go out with mommy and daddy today. I wonder if siblings are still in their eggs on this warm day? The geese are headed back to the nest when they see the Great White Egret fishing up ahead.
So they guide their little one to their opposite side to put themselves between their chick and potential danger.
The chick – okay gosling – will be almost as big as Mom and Dad in just a couple months.
We counted a possible 10 nests just from the heads popping up out of the tall grass in the marshes next to Eckman Lake on the Alsea River.
There’s a parking area on Hwy 34 where you can view the Canada Goose families at Eckman Lake. Bring your binoculars and zooming camera to get a close look like these. I’m sure I don’t need to say this but I will: DO NOT walk through their nesting field as they will abandon their nests leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators. And the parents will probably not return next year.
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.
I love how the sun can spotlight 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.
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.
And more hummers are coming to the 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!