We saw this duck today on the edge of the lake while we were on our walk. We argued for a while over what kind of bird it was (Companion was convinced it was a gull until he caught the color of the bill), because white ducks are not a common thing around here. While it could be a leucistic (partially albino) mallard …
I only started noticing Eastern kingbirds last year. They’re only around in the summer (they migrate to the southern hemisphere for our winters), don’t come to feeders or hang out in residential neighborhoods (at least not in my experience), and they tend to perch in higher branches, so usually you need to be looking up to see one.
On our walk today, we passed something fluttering in the grass. It was a blackbird chick demanding to be fed. Its father — or some random adult male blackbird for all I know — complied. But he changed angles faster than I could change my focus. I had to take a picture anyway, since I’ve never seen a red-winged blackbird feeding … Read more
I’m back to bird-watching in Wisconsin. We went on a walk this afternoon and saw this beautiful chipping sparrow on top of a pile of brush that someone had set out at the curb. The chipping sparrow is identified by its orange cap, white eyebrow, and black eye-stripe that begins near its beak, runs past the eye, and ends at … Read more