Ducks, herons, kingfishers, terns and shorebirds

All photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks.  Come join us for a nature walk and moon watch tomorrow evening.  See post before this one for details.

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Sleeping perched on one leg, a black-crowned night heron

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Black-crowned night heron sitting in blooming box elder

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male northern shoveler with american coot

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female and male shoveler

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male and female bufflehead in the rain

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banded piping plover, endangered bird at 63rd Street Beach

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caspian terns at 63rd Street Beach

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great blue heron

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great blue heron

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greater yellowlegs, or if not, a lesser yellowlegs

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gadwall

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pied-billed grebe with goose head for size

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Canada goose and pied-billed grebe

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two male wood ducks

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killdeer

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pectoral sandpiper

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hooded merganser with female bufflehead

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hooded merganser with extreme feather- do to impress the females. To see his courtship moves while he is courting a female mallard go to this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xx44zh4c8mbwoo9/AADXTfN0jIZUyseSOKzqw9npa?dl=0

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male and female blue-winged teal

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horned grebe

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goose egg

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belted kingfisher

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belted kingfisher

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Osaka Japanese Garden

Early migrants have arrived (meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds) and winter ducks are still here too

All photos taken in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area during the last few weeks unless noted otherwise.

These photos were mostly taken in the area around 63rd and Hayes:  Hayes beach, the inner harbor, the outer harbor and La Rabida

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A male red-winged blackbird

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Front-end view of displaying red-winged blackbird taken March 30, 2013

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A back-end view of a displaying male red-winged blackbird. The females haven’t arrived yet.

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Cardinals have already been singing their spring song for a couple of months

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This white-throated sparrow is puffed up because it is a cold spring day

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meadowlark singing

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meadowlark

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dark-eyed Junco

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song sparrow

 

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redhead

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ring-necked duck ( it is a mystery to me why people agreed to this common name!)

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It was great fun having the white-wingd scoters come into the outer harbor again this winter. This one is posing in the blue, blue water of Lake Michigan just after most of the ice melted

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A close-up of the white-winged scoter’s bizarre bill.

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horned grebe

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Two red-breasted mergansers doing courtship displays for the female swimming next to the second male.

This video shows some serious courtship moves of 4 male mergansers. The female is sitting on a piece of ice

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Damage done by wood boring insect.

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Eggs are laid where you see the straight line, the grubs then eat their way through the wood. Notice the lines get thicker as the grubs move away from the original straight line. This is because the insect is getting bigger.

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maple tree flowers in snow storm

 

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maple tree flowers in snow storm