Lesser Scaup, Redheads and a Coot: March 2021

After several days exploring woodland habitat and finding few birds, I ventured to Col. Sam Smith Park just after sunrise to see what was about.

The Redwings are here in numbers:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

In addition. there were Lesser Scaup:

Lesser Scaup (male) and Goldeneye (female)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (female)
Lesser Scaup (female)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)

Because these birds were feeding in shallow water close to shore and had peaked heads (somewhat) I took them to be Lesser Scaup and not Greater Scaup who prefer deep water and have a rounder head.

Other birds:

Redhead (male)
Redheads
Redheads
Redhead (male)
Redheads
American Coot and Redhead (male)
American Coot
American Coot
American Coot
Mallard (male)
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
American Robin
Common Grackles
American Black Duck (male)
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Park views:

MAILBOX

Hi Miles,

Someone sent me this video of songbirds. I recognise the kookaburra, so perhaps they are all Australian. No others are known to me. Thought you’d find it interesting.

Enjoying all your postings through the pandemic

NATURE POETRY

Nor do they only wait for me to come,
Withdrawn, expectant; but amid the din
Of cities, and upon the crowded streets,
I feel the brick and mortar fade away,
Aud find the woods around me once again,

Tall, shadowy, protecting, Once again
I hear the woodland murmurs like a hymn,
And on my troubled spirit lies once more
The peaceful benediction of the trees.       – Amos Russel Wells (1862-1933)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Lesser Scaup, Redheads and a Coot: March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Good choice, Miles! I love the winter ducks, so it’s nice to see them again here, hanging around (do they know it’s spring, yet?) And of course, the other birds–the male Red-winged Blackbird, with its mouth always open (I know what they sound like!) The brilliant red Northern Cardinal (several of which I heard singing in the neighbourhood today!) All the rest. It’s wonderful to know that spring is officially here. Thanks, Miles!

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