Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tiny finds a mate, and his mom seems to approve
Tiny was seen with two other killdeer with him, both females. One was a small female whom I've never seen before, but seemed to be about his age. The other looked like his mom, Martha, whom I haven't seen in a while. Last time I saw Martha, she was a little sick, but seems a lot better now.
I saw all the ducks except Snowball, the white mallard. I looked everywhere for him, all over the lake, but couldn't find any trace of him. A lot of the other mallards are missing, so it's entirely possible that he flew off somewhere else with them. There was a predator attack last weekend, but he was fine a couple of days ago and there has been no sign of predators attacking ducks since then. A northern harrier was also spotted today and they are known to take ducks, but I didn't find any evidence that any ducks were harmed recently. He may come back, eventually. I hope he went back to his home or was taken in by someone. I miss him already.
Curly was doing very well, even got some peas I gave him.
Tom was doing very well and I wanted to take his photo when I left Lake Murray, but he disappeared, probably sleeping in a tree across the lake.
I did get a photo of Big Daddy 3, one of the popular males in the park:
Some house finches:
Lots upon lots of white-crowned sparrows:
And, this egret was really concentrating on catching fish:
Bob1 was seen (I believe both "Bobs" are females, but not sure) I think she's molting:
I saw some flirting between two osprey, here is the male, the female is shyer:
And, these coots were wondering when they're going to get fed: