I took the day off from work today for an eye appointment that was scheduled and it was such a beautiful day with temperatures reaching around 40°F. Along the Allegheny River, I located a few Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Canada Goose, and Woodducks (CHECK – my first for 2008). I also found a very cooperative Pileated Woodpecker but I will save those pictures (and video) for tomorrow’s post.
While driving the extra long way towards my Dr.’s office . . . . I happen to find the female Woodduck along the waters edge (fairly close). Her white eye teardrop was very distinctive and I could see that perfect photo opportunity in my head. Well, I probably spiked my breaks a little harder than needed and the Woodduck pair took off in flight. I just love hearing their kip kip kip sound when taking flight and hearing their call put a big smile on my face. The sound was probably worth more to me than the photo anyways!
Once I returned from my 2 minute eye checkup . . . I did a little grocery shopping and purchased some sunflower seeds from Walmart. I quickly got home and went for an hour hike looking for more birdies. My walk was exceptionally relaxing and quite. But I was starting to think that the White-tailed Deer and American Crows would be the only wildlife that I would see.
Then I located a chickadee flock and some other smaller birds flittering around. I had not seen any Ruby-crowned Kinglets this year and thought the flash of red I saw could have been a good chance that they were back in the area!! But with a closer inspection of the little birds . . . the kinglet had bold eye strips and yellow mixed in with that red/orange on its head. This high pitched zee-zee-zee . . . . was from a Golden-crowned Kinglet and I have seen them many times already this year (darn). I tried pishing the kinglet in closer and only got a few quick photos before he disappeared into the pines! Overall, it was the best way to waste the day for an eye appointment!!
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