Green-winged Teal in the Humber / Lambton Woods: January 15, 2019

An unusual mid-January day (-1 degree and overcast) with NO snow on the ground. As you can see in the photo above, there is ice.

It was a good morning for ducks in the Humber; especially this male Green-winged Teal:

Green-winged Teal (male)

Here you can see the size difference between the teal and Mallards:

Green-winged Teal (male) and Mallards
Green-winged Teal (male) and Mallards

We also had Common Goldeneyes:

Common Goldeneyes

and a few Common Mergansers:

Common Merganser (male)

There are always many Mallards here, and, because the duck pond is frozen over, they were all in the river.

Mallards

A few Black Ducks were also present:


American Black Ducks

Other birds that I was able photograph:

Dark-eyed Junco
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal (male)

Here is the complete list:

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, green-winged teal, common merganser, common goldeneye, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal,  American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco. (21 species)

Other sights:



Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Today’s Group:

and plant highlight:

Amur Cork Tree (Phellodenron amurense)

NATURE POETRY

The hoar-frost gathered, o’er each leaf and spray
Weaving its filmy network; thin and bright.        

    – Sarah Helen Whitman (1803–78)

Miles Hearn

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