All photos taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks.
We have a pretty good chance of seeing a number of these ducks on the nature walk this Sunday (meet at 5:45 at the south door of the Museum of Science and Industry) including:
redhead, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ring-necked duck, scaup and common goldeneye.
great blue herons arrive on March 19, all ice, no fishing, they moved on
Every year the cardinal starts singing spring song in the winter, this photo taken on February 19
very cold, birds puff their feathers up when they are cold
for a while all the geese disappeared, they reappeared around February 20
tree sparrow on February 25, tree sparrows often shelter on the ground next to rocks during storms
female common merganser, february 25
male common merganser, february 28
male common mergansers on February 28
only a small area near the 63rd Street pier was not frozen on March 2 so lots of birds were concentrated in a small space including red-breasted mergansers, white-winged scoters, common goldeneye and a bufflehead.
a surf scoter, another scoter that is very rarely seen near the shore. Unfrozen area was even smaller on March 3.
White-winged scoter trying to keep warm
Same day, note bird has icicles on his wings
White-winged scoter diving
Here is the small unfrozen area.
Another small unfrozen area was near Hyde Park Yacht Club (near La Rabida) A male and female red-breasted merganser and a male common goldeneye on March 6
female common goldeneye
female red-breasted merganser from previous photo gets into the water
Canada Goose and canvasback duck on March 2
cooper’s hawk on wooded isle
ring-billed gulls and Canada goose
redhead on March 17
redhead on March 30
male red-breasted merganser – wooded isle on March 22
coyote on ice of the wooded isle on March 22
bufflehead duck next to mallard—so you can get an idea of how small the bufflehead is
horned grebe having trouble swallowing the fish he caught. A gull kept flying down trying to take the fish and the grebe would escape by diving underwater with his fish.
downy woodpecker on March 26
killdeer photo taken through a fence on March 26.
male ring-necked duck on March 27
ring-billed gull with redhead in background on March 28
female scaup on March 28
male scaup on March 6
male ring-necked duck
female ring-necked duck
white-winged scoters flying off on January 31