Greater Scaup at Col. Sam Smith Park / January 30, 2020

In the past I have seen “rafts” with over 1,000 Greater Scaup here in winter. This morning in -5 degree, overcast conditions we has just a few dozen.

Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (males)

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American black duck, redhead, greater scaup, bufflehead, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, great black-backed gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, blue jay, house sparrow, northern cardinal.  (18 species)

Gadwall
mostly Mallards
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Mallards
Buffleheads
Common Goldeneye (juvenile male showing emerging white crescent on face)
larger gull is likely Great Black-backed. Smaller are Ring-billed with a few medium-sized Herring Gulls
larger gull is likely Great Black-backed. Smaller are Ring-billed with a few medium-sized Herring Gulls
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Red-breasted Merganser (female)

Park Scenes:

Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus)
Mink
Fossils

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Then came old January, wrapped well
In many Weeds to keep the cold away:
Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell,
And blow his Nails to warm them if he may.     – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–99)

Miles Hearn

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