Friday, January 11, 2013

~Ducky Day along the Niagara River~

We drove along the Niagara River, Canadian side, from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario up to Niagara-on-the-Lake, staying close to the shore.  The Canadian side has many pull-offs from which you can see the winter waterfowl.



Mallard pair


Common Mergansers


Canvasbacks

Common Goldeneye


Long-tailed Duck, drake, formerly known as "Old Squaw"


One of the sources of constant gunfire, a boat with small men and their big guns, hunting the defenseless little ducks we travel so far to see. This boat and others were seen in the water between Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and Fort Niagara, NY.  Tryouts for "Duck Dynasty"?

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

~Dunkirk Harbor~

The boats are gone and the waterfowl are returning!


American Coot stretching above and scratching below
 

Hooded Mergansers, drake above, hen below



Great Black-backed Gulls and two Hooded Mergansers


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Sunday, June 03, 2012

~Chickdees and House wrens nesting in close proximity~

 
 
 
 
As viewed from second floor condo balcony. Decorative birdhouses in yard below belong to downstairs neighbor. Chickadee house and Wren mosaic house.
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

~Mourning Dove - hatches?

Since we came home this afternoon, the dove has been sitting higher than before, and for sure there should be hatches by now.
 
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

~Mourning Dove Nest on our Balcony~

Mourning doves came to a wicker bookcase on our balcony two weeks ago, built their nest in one day and were incubating the next day! Two little squabs should be hatching now and I am so wishing we had a cam out there!

The nest is on the top shelf next to a beautiful nestbox I received as a gift last year. The Morning Dove parents and their babies are fairly well protected from wind, rain and predators in this sheltered site. Once the babies fledge at 13-15 days after hatching, they will enter a more dangerous world, as there are Red-tails and Cooper's Hawks in the area.

 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

~Union Street Canal Ducks~

 
Male Red-breasted Merganser

 
Red-breasted Mergansers in the Union Street Canal

 
Greater Scaup

 
Long-tail Ducks


American Coot
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

~Wooly Bear~

The “wooly bear” is actually the freeze-tolerant final instar caterpillar of the common tiger moth Pyrrharctia isabella.

 


 
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

~Crow attacks nest~

Red-winged Blackbirds scattered among the reeds along the edge of the marsh, when a crow flies in at attacks a nest, flying away with a baby. Only then did the adult Red-wings take wing and attack the fleeing crow who successfully escaped with its prize.

 


 


 


 
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