I saw 2 groups of Mallard ducks across the river. They stopped to look at something on the riverbank of the Alsea River. I saw a very small mink running along the bank so I started recording. Mama-Mallard kept her 5 babies safe again!
If you watch where the duck is looking you’ll see movement under the brush. That’s the mink. He dives in after them and Mama scatters her ducklings. This is a larger mink than I saw at first so I’m wondering about a mink family living nearby??? How cool is THAT!
We don’t see the grosbeaks all summer but they are here this week. The Blackheaded grosbeaks are the most common. The Evening grosbeaks are the most colorful.
Male Blackheaded Grosbeak
Female Blackheaded Grosebeak
Male Evening Grosbeak
The hummers stick around as soon as they find a feeder.
The Tree Swallows are looking for a good place to nest. This couple had a little chickadee chewing them out though. So we don’t know if they raided the chickadee’s nest or if they were encroaching on each other’s territory.
My neighbor calls these flowers a honeysuckle. I finally saw these for sale at the local market! They are Azaleas. They smell so pretty!
The Common Mergansers are starting their courting. The female mergansers seem the most aggressive. Females chase off other females when they get too close to the man she likes. The guys don’t seem to care who is close. Sometimes the males just swim away from all the drama but sometimes they like to watch the girl-fight.
I’ve seen several male mallards but no females yet.
Here’s a lone Hooded Merganser female. It seems like the hoodies courtship season comes a little later.