Skies were overcast early but still fun to see this behavior.
|What's for Breakfast? Willet and Sanderlings are chowing down!|
|Ruddy Turnstone, Willet & Sanderling|
I put the camera up and got off a couple of shots. My first thought was Hooded Mergansers.
When I looked at the photos, there were three mergansers and one different duck with a rounded bill.
Steve's first thought was Black Scoter but on inspecting the photos, I noticed that there wasn't any light color on the face, the belly was light, and there seemed to be white patches on the trailing edge of the wings. What do you think? Female bufflehead? Female common golden-eye?
|Three Hooded Mergansers and a Mystery Duck|
|Four duck silhouettes - view two|
When we went over to the field behind the Fort to look for sedge wrens, we spied a brown bird walking in the grass. Our first thought was Eastern Meadowlark. However, when we got closer, it turned out to be an American Pipit! Unlike the meadowlarks, it allowed me to walk close for photos!
|American Pipit - View Two|
|Cedar Waxwing Juvenile|
Of course, the local mockingbird did not want any other bird messing with its berries!
|Mockingbird defends its territory.|
|Sedge Wren - Take Two|