Duck, Duck, Robin

I’m a little late with my Saturday bird-watching post but still wanted to share my duck pictures.  I saw ducks plus a few other birds on my walk Thursday.

Happily, I walked down to the lake to see if any birds were present.  Lately, as I drive by the park, no birds appear in my view from the highway and side roads.

When I walked down to the small fishing dock near the playground, I saw lots of ducks near the shore.  duck

The sunny day meant changing my angle to get photos where the sunlight glare didn’t bounce off the water: duck Still not complaining about warm and bright November sunshine after too many days of gloomy gray skies!

Some of the ducks on the shore were still sleepy.  duck

Other ducks swam in the water. duck

This duck (My duck-naming knowledge stops with mallards) hung out apart from the other groups.  Is he something else? duck There were geese, just not in the water. duck Canada geese are year-long residents of our area and sometimes considered nuisance birds.  They did get in the water later when I was on the far side of the lake.

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Bass Pro Shop is the anchor of Water Fall Park, location of these pictures

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There were more ducks on the other side of the shore.  This mallard thinking of testing the waters made me smile. duck duck He finally went to join his friends. duck And the robin: duck duck duck

At the park, I also noticed snowbirds, a hawk (too far away to identify), crows, more robins, and a few woodpeckers.  My usual feathered friends were hanging out around our yard: cardinals, snowbirds, sparrows, and a downy woodpecker.  It’s also the time of year when Starlings gather on the power lines.  Can’t help but notice those.

Linking my post up with the Bird D’Pot.  What birds did you notice?

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12 thoughts on “Duck, Duck, Robin

  1. Phil

    Yes it is annoying when the sun is shining directly into the camera. Always for the wrong bird for me, one I really wanted to capture.

    The “other” duck. It’s a coot.

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    1. Jean Post author

      It’s almost like those birds know just where to sit in the sunlight to make them hard to photograph. Thanks for letting me know the “other” one was a coot.

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    1. Jean Post author

      I no all about those no ambition days. What little I had this morning is starting to fizzle out, why does the ambition always fizzle out with laundry in the wash I wonder? Hope you get to go out birding again very soon!

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  2. Betty Crow

    Nice variety of ducks. The unidentified duck is an American Coot. They differ in that they do not have webbed feet. They migrate through Illinois and I got to see one on my brother’s pond a few years back. Love the Mallards. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Interesting to know. I’m not very knowledgeable in the waterfowl department, going to have to start paying better attention. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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  3. Beverly Meyers

    We went to the zoo today. I noticed ducks and geese almost as much as the animals. We went to the African side because we wanted to hear the Leopard chat. I was not thinking that many of the African animals were not out because of the cold. The Leopard chat was kind of lame and short. Plus the zoo only has one leopard. I swear I remember a black leopard that used to be on the wires above the path. The 2 zookeepers said a black leopard must have been before their time but another patron said she remembered the black leopard.

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    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve been wanting to go out to the zoo. It was a little chilly yesterday. I remember a black leopard as well, the zookeepers must have been pretty new to not remember. Seems like J was the one who pointed it out to me once so it’s not been that long ago…

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