Osprey with nesting material!
I enjoyed today’s Sunny Sunday with temperatures reaching above 60°F. I finally opened my windows for the first time and let the kitties get some outside smells. At the entrance of Allegany State Park, I observed the Osprey pair doing some nest building. The male would go down into the grass and bring back a talon full of grass/sticks. I knew it was the male because I also watched them do a little copulation before gathering some of the nesting material!
Tree Swallows flying around!
I then found many more Tree Swallows chattering their call around the open fields and nest boxes. They have been around since last weekend but they were a little more cooperative in being within the camera lens range.
Buffleheads in the Beaver ponds!
I noticed many waterfowl around including 2 Common Loons in Quaker Lake, many Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards and Canada Goose within the park. Yesterday we had a Long-tailed Duck over on Red House Lake (CHECK). Speaking of first of the year birds . . . I heard my first Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers doing their unique drumming today (CHECK)!
What is up with this duck?
Since the weather has been exceptionally nice today . . . I decided before heading home to take a hike around Red House Lake. I didn’t expect to find this Common Merganser ignoring the people on the bike path while searching for minnows at the mouth of McIntosh Creek. It was great watching the bird stick its head under water and come up with some minnow or two.
Just a Common Merganser hunting for minnows!
I can’t believe that I am saying it. . . . Winter has finally left the area (ya, ya . . snow is still at the top of the hills . . . . but it will be gone soon! )
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