And, just a little ways away, there was a female! At first, I thought, this can't be Miracle because she looks perfect. Then, when I looked closely at the photo, I could see a small flap of skin just under her eye going to just behind it. It's barely noticeable. I think this is, indeed, the formally bald killdeer chick. The photo is a bit fuzzy, I'll try to get a better one, later:
Here she is at about three weeks old:
|Miracle last year|
When I came back to the ballfields, I found this female whom I, at first, thought was Shy and her mate. Nope, it's an entirely new female I haven't seen before. She looks a lot like Shy, though. Perhaps she's Shy's other chick. I also thought I heard a chick peeping nearby.
Here is the male that was with her. I couldn't get an ID on him at all:
I thought I was taking a photo of Junior's mate. He was off fighting with another male. But, no, this is yet another female I have never seen before. I found Junior's mate on the other side of the lake where she normally is. I guess another couple has come to visit them. I didn't notice the fishing line in the front of the photo. :(
Bob2 has been hanging around lately. Here she is feeding in an unusual location. It's good to see her.
The long-billed dowitcher is still hanging around. I have no idea what it was eating, but it was eating something. I think it's getting juvenile quagga mussels
Finally, this poor female duck (the beige one), has been hurt by over-breeding. It looks like her foot and hip is hurting. I am trying to get her some help, but I don't know if it will be possible.