There has been a bit of a buzz in our area of someone spotting a Long-tailed Duck.
It has moved down to my area, along the Fox River in Montgomery.
The information was that the duck was at the Mill Street bridge.
On Sunday I went looking for it.I noticed a couple of other birders looking, and kind of started watching where they were looking. No luck.
I then drove and parked just passed the bridge, and as I was driving thought I saw something different in the water. The other birders came and set up scopes and started watching.
Well I got to see her. Problem, all the pictures I took, were at a wrong setting and none turned out. You had to be quick as she was feeding. Each time she ducked under the water, she drifted a bit and came up in a slightly different spot.
Needless to say I was excited.
On Monday I decided to go back with correct settings on the camera and see if she was still there.
She is a small duck, all brown and white.
|I saw white, big white! Three mute swans were on the opposite side of the river. Andrew drove over by the are we had seen them, and I was able to watch them feeding among geese, and mergansers and gulls, and of course a few mallards.|
|With much better settings, I could get better pictures.|
|While we were sitting watching the swans, this big guy flew in to the tree on the bank. He was kind enough for me to take several pictures. I have since found out it is a young red-tailed hawk.|
|Andrew and I went back across the river and found a spot to sit and watch, when our hawk came too. I was not as quick to get a sitting still picture, but a happy mistake this became. He is in launch mode!|
|Andrew could see him sitting in a tree a short distance and was able to get this back view for me. I was having a hard time getting him into my viewfinder.|
|The swans had floated down the river a bit and found a place to rest on a bank.|
We have never seen swans on the Fox River.
No eagles today. I had seen two on Sunday.
|While sitting watching the swans, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye, and saw this, downy/hairy woodpecker. Why is it we can see some things quite easily, and not others. I mean this is a small bird, compared to the hawk!|
|Then I caught sight of the Red-bellied woodpecker. He was in another spot on the tree, where he had found a hole, and was happily pocking at it. Then he moved around so I could get this picture.|