Julie Frost, SFF writer (agilebrit) wrote,
Julie Frost, SFF writer
agilebrit

#Birding photos from the Sandy Fishing Pond on the 10th.

Yes, I went back the next day, a little earlier. We saw eighteen species (some not pictured): bufflehead, Canada goose, American coot, great blue heron, belted kingfisher, lesser scaup, greater scaup, red-winged blackbird, magpie, mallard, American goldfinch, red-shafted flicker, red-tailed hawk, ring-necked duck, American Robin, song sparrow, starling, and pied-billed grebe. Plus some kind of gull I can't ID. It scans like a ring-billed, but it was enormous.

I wound up with fifty photographs I felt were worth posting.

Bufflehead.
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Canada geese in a flyby.
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The coots were hilarious this time. Displaying on the water, and they kept coming out of the water too. Look at the size of their feet!
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A great blue heron was hanging out. He was on a roof across the river at first, but then he came to the pond.
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A male belted kingfisher was the first bird to greet us.
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Lesser scaups, all female.
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The obligatory mallard. The light was hitting him so nicely, I had to take that shot.
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Mourning dove.
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Couple of rodents too--a mouse, who bopped right up to me. Probably had rabies. Or something. And a muskrat in the water.
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Pied-billed grebe.
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Lots of red-shafted flickers, all female.
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The red-tailed hawk came in just as we were leaving and losing the light. These aren't the best pictures, but he was such a beautiful bird.
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Ring-necked duck.
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Robin.
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Greater and lesser scaups.
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Song sparrow.
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