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

Intermittent spring: local gulls and first wave of migrating sparrows

All of these photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks, unless otherwise noted.

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Robins waiting for snow to melt

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And you thought all robins looked alike!

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A ruby-crowned kinglet

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A great egret

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A great egret, 39 inches long, with a herring gull, 25 inches long, for scale.

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An adult herring gull has red spot on bill and pink legs (photo taken in Cape Cod).

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A third winter herring gull has pink legs but has a black spot on bill that is starting to turn red.

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pair of ring-billed gulls (parking lot gulls). Ring-billed gulls have yellow legs and a black spot on their bill. They are 17.5 inches long.

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First winter ring-billed gull (note it has pink legs like a herring gull). This photo was taken in August.

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song sparrow, very stripy with spot on chest

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Another view of a song sparrow The song sparrow’s song has three notes followed by a trill.

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Fox sparrow is bigger than a song sparrow. It has a lot more gray and red feathers than a song sparrow. Both of these sparrows have a spot on their chests

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red maple blooming

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pied-billed grebe

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black-crowned night heron