Wood Duck at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we did reasonably well.  My first Wood Ducks of the season, and some departing Ring Necks  were a nice combination.

Other ducks, geese and a few Tree Swallows made for a good morning, with temps near 70 and not much breeze.

Graeme Simpson 9

Graeme Simpson, looking professionally dapper.

White Throated Sparrow 2017-4

This White Throated Sparrow landed quite near me.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-1

This Double Crested Cormorant didn’t move for over an hour.

Tree Swallow 2017-8

Tree Swallow 2017-7

Many Tree Swallows were chasing bugs.

Ring Necked Duck 2017-9 Ring Necked Duck 2017-8

Ring Necked Duck 2017-10

I suspect Ring Necked Ducks will be gone soon.

Ruddy Duck 2017-2

Ruddy Duck 2017-3

This Ruddy Duck is molting into breeding plumage.

Pied Billed Grebe 2017-3

You can only see the “Pied” bill during breeding season.

Wood Duck 2017-4 Wood Duck 2017-3

Wood Duck 2017-1

This Wood Duck greeted me this morning.

Muskrat 16

This Muskrat may be working on his den.


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