Most of these photos and videos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last couple of weeks.
Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, I’ve seen and heard some signs of spring during the last couple of weeks: chickadees and cardinals singing their spring songs, squirrels mating, and ducks courting in the inner and outer harbor.
Field trip idea: Go to inner or outer harbor to scout for courting ducks and look for signs of beavers. To walk around inner harbor: park on the street just west of Lake Shore Drive at 63rd Street (Hayes) or in the parking lot on the north side of the street. You can walk over to the outer harbor if you park in the 63rd Street beach parking lot and walk south.
Male and female red-breasted mergansers. Just the males are doing courting displays in this video. Females have red heads and more white on their chests.
This is the first video I have where both male and female common goldeneyes are displaying. After the brown female on the left hand side starts displaying, you can hear some of the beeps that the males make when they throw their heads back
At the beginning you can see this hooded merganser raise his crest and make his white patch bigger. He then displays to a female mallard who already has a male mallard mate.
I like how beaver nonchalantly steps out of the way of the truck. This video taken in 2011.