My Week…Lucky me! Monday
I am already way behind on this week’s post, and I took close to 100 good photos today during my walk. In my long-winded way, I am saying that I have to tweak this series somewhat, start doing other posts again, and get some other things straight in my head.
Starting out, I couldn’t help but notice how large some of the buds in the maple trees are getting.
I believe those are flower buds, and what the fox squirrels have been feeding on in some of the photos I have posted recently.
As you can see, it was a great day, but cold when I started, the overnight low was in the teens. Because of that, much of the open water on the ponds, and even the areas with a slow flow in the creeks had frozen with a thin layer of ice.
I was so busy shooting pictures that I didn’t have time to do much thinking, as I was checking the pond for more photo-ops, three geese flew past.
That’s my bad action shot of the day, I did shoot a few of crows flying low, but those are too bad to post. Then at the next pond is where the swans have been, and they are still hanging around. Each one of the pair was in its own small patch of open water.
I know they are an invasive species, but they sure are beautiful birds!
Then one decided to play icebreaker and plow through the ice to reach some of the other open water.
It finally made it through the ice field…
..and started feeding.
A pair of mallards swam over to join the swans.
The footing was treacherous.
The female thought it better to stick to one spot.
While the male continued his walk.
I heard the ice creaking and groaning, the second swan had gotten up on the ice with the ducks.
But, that didn’t last long, the swan was too heavy for the thin ice…
The female mallard saw that, and found a little hole in the ice to sit in.
The swan that fell through the ice broke its way to join the other, and they both were feeding.
A closer view.
That sure looks cold to me!
Next stop was the largest of the creeks here, and the mallards were behaving differently than they have in months.
I have noted in the last few posts how the mallards have been staying back in the brush along the creeks almost 100% of the time. Suddenly, they were spread out, up on the banks of the creek, in the tall grass, flying around the ponds, everywhere I looked, I saw mallards! I think the females are looking for nesting spots. I hate to admit this, but I shot some duck porn on Sunday, I am not sure I will post the photos of that, I haven’t been able to confirm that the participants were at least 18 years of age yet. (Truth is, the photos were taken at some distance, and I haven’t had the time to get them ready to post)
Last year, we had ducklings all over the place, but it was rather sad to see the numbers in each brood drop one by one as the little fuzzballs became food for the predators that live here as well. I have said it before, nature isn’t always pretty, but it is what it is, and it is always interesting. I also shot this one at the creek.
Next up, a pair of mourning doves, and I can’t tell which is which as far as male and female.
I know they are nesting, as I have been seeing them head into the evergreens around here with nest materials in their beaks.
These two seemed to be taking a break to enjoy the sunshine.
Next up, a downy woodpecker.
As I was shooting those, a flock of turkeys strolled past.
I looked up at the woodpecker again, and it was giving me the perfect pose, but it flew off before I could capture that shot. I was also hoping for better turkey photos, thinking I would run into the flock again later in my walk, but they turned off in another direction I guess.
Then it was on to one of the other creeks, and this shot of the ice covering it.
Next up, one of those things that leave me scratching my head.
Those berries didn’t grow in the tree they were hanging in, they grow on these bushes.
So, I’ll keep an eye or two peeled when I am in that area to try to figure out what may have transported the berries to the other tree. It could have been a bird, or squirrel, raccoon, or who knows, even a human.
I had seen robins earlier, they are still hanging around, but when I got to the trees they normally feed in, there was a flock of cardinals there instead.
I know I went heavy on the photos again today, but I may not be getting many for some time to come. We’re supposed to get snow changing to rain, changing to snow, changing to rain for the forecasted future. There’s no sunshine predicted at all for the next 8 days, so good photos will be hard to come by.
That’s it for this one, Tuesday’s installment will be coming up shortly, with some great action shots, you won’t want to miss it. (Boy, do I sound like a huckster or what?)
Thanks for stopping by!