Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Insanity on the Lake This Week

I have spent more time than I'll ever admit to along the Durham waterfront this week to see what local lovelies are on show, and I was not disappointed, even with the more common birds, beginning with a Ring-billed Gull!

A female Mallard has to keep up appearances, especially during courtship season, and what an abfab job she's doing!

A female Greater Scaup in Newcastle investigated me:

This White-winged Scoter came precariously close to getting caught in fishing line at Newcastle as I watched in horror...

...until he decided to dive for some mollusks instead, phew!

Long-tailed Ducks are still in the area, amazingly beautiful and a joy to watch as they frolic in the water before they head off north again:

The chestnut brown colour is much more noticeable on this handsome fellow, what gorgeous ducks we're so lucky to see here!


Footnote: just as I was writing this post, I got word of a Trumpeter Swan in Newcastle tangled up in fishing line, arghhh, TWC to the rescue??

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