Friday, November 12, 2010
Killdeer, buffleheads and cormorants
Today at Lake Murray, I saw Killer and Digger first. However, later, I did not see them on my return.
In the ballfields, I saw 10 killdeer. I think they're beginning to come back now that construction has quieted down in that area for now. I saw Shy and her mate, her mom and dad, some unknown killdeer, Secret (by himself in another field), Surprise and Suprise's friend. Shy's mate is very aggressive towards her dad unlike George's sons who were young and inexperienced. It appears that Shy has an experienced male for a mate and he got her by standing up to her dad.
On Del Cerro Point, I saw a large flock of doves and blackbirds scattering as well as several ducks. When I went over there to investigate, I saw this juvenile female Cooper's hawk down in the reeds. She flew up to a tree. I wonder what she was trying to catch down there in those reeds.
I saw a lone female bufflehead near the parking lot. Sorry it's blurry, I didn't have my tripod and she was far away.
And, look at all these cormorants! I think I counted 25 just on these wires. I'm surprised the wires didn't fall down, plus it's windy today.
Ducky is missing!
Ducky, AKA the "lost" duckling, has been missing for at least 5 days. It's possible he's still around and I just haven't seen him. His friend is all by himself, pretty much except for his sister. I think Ducky has just decided to change his routine a little. He hasn't been hanging around the picnic tables as much.
Again, sorry for the blurry photo of Ducky's friend.