1000’s of Geese and Many Ducks at Oakville: February 2021

I have never seen so many Canada Geese in one area. Partly frozen Oakville Harbour was covered in a blanket of Geese on this cold morning.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese

They appear to be “cuddling” in order to stay warm.

Canada Geese

A good variety of other waterfowl and gulls were nearby:

Mallards
Common Goldeneye (male)
Buffleheads
Common Goldeneyes and juvenile Herring Gull
Common Goldeneye (male)
Mute Swan
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Ducks
American Coot
American Coot
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
American Black Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Ring-billed Gulls (juveniles show some brown)
Ring-billed Gulls (juveniles show some brown)
Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls (juveniles show some brown)

Park scenes:

I learned something today. (Actually I learn something every day!).

I photographed this Goldeneye:

It is a little difficult to see, but the bird definitely had purple gloss on the head. The Peterson Field Guide states: Barrow’s Goldeneye: head glossed with purple not green (as in Common Goldeneye).

Common Goldeneye (male)

It must be the much rarer (from the west) Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, after looking at many guides, I found that only Peterson mentions this as a defining characteristic. In every other way, this Goldeneye has the field marks of a Common Goldeneye. It must be a Common Goldeneye. It is always wise to look at more than one source.

Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)

MAILBAG

I had fox activity yesterday! Beautiful animal. Not shy! Came right up to back windows and then checked out the bird feeding station, climbed the fence and moved on.

NATURE POETRY

Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.                  – William Wordsworth (1770–1850) 

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “1000’s of Geese and Many Ducks at Oakville: February 2021

  1. Debi

    Wow, you’re able to capture more of the ducks than I can! Nice photos. I guess you didn’t spot the snow bunting. It was alone when Jan and I saw it.
    Agree I’ve never seen so many Canada geese. Sure was noisy!
    One of my favourite spots to wander.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    That’s quite an array! It’s funny, I used to think that water birds were fully “equipped” to cope with the cold because of their down! And yet, they sometimes huddle together because of the cold? So they are capable of feeling cold? I knew they could freeze, so I should have guessed they can also feel cold. It’s strange, but I never thought of this before. I feel like an idiot. Thanks, Miles–for my learning something, I mean!

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