At first I thought this was a mallard hen. But I’ve never seen a mallard dive underwater and swim. This one dove several times in the tidewater of the Alsea River. Watch the video and tell me if you think this is a mallard. A still photo of her is below the link to the video.
Mallard Hen Diving – Video
And I love the colors on the Wood ducks!
Wood Duck Couple
The Waldport Osprey chicks are growing fast.
Osprey brings home the bacon
These young male Mallards will be in full color before you know it.
Young male mallards getting their colors
Pileated Woodpecker finds some grub in the dead tree.
I spotted the first elk calf of the season!!
First elk calf of the season!
I love seeing the ducks with so many chicks. I can’t imagine how the mom keeps up with them all.
Mallard hen with 11 chicks
Can you tell what kind of critter tracks these are in the next photo?
Critter tracks: otters and what else?
There were just otter tracks when I first looked. But then I caught a second culprit.
Beaver going to get him a blackberry vine
I didn’t know beavers ate blackberry vines but that’s what it went up to get. It brought it back down to the water’s edge to eat it. Watch 2 beavers in this video:
The kingfisher kids are learning how to fish. Mom and Dad still bring them food though – so they can keep up their strength until they get better at it.
3 Kingfisher chicks waiting for breakfast