A lovely ride in the short afternoon and we were surprised by all the wonderful birds we found.
First - some downtown birds. A man was walking along that pipe railing and putting pieces of food on it, about every foot or so and the crows would watch him. Then he blew a crow whistle and they swooped down to get the food. There were dozens of them but most of the photos came out too blurry.
I'm not sure why he was doing this - or how he trained the crows to wait for the signal - by the time I took pictures and got out of the car, he was gone.
Then in a pond near our house we found a great mixture of ducks - Green Wing Teal
Ringneck Ducks (far top right and left) and Teals
And Common Mergansers - a new one for me.
Mallard, Bufflehead (behind female Mallard) and Ringneck Duck
And a Double Crested Cormorant (according to what research I could find)
Look - a Hawk - up the the top of those thin trees
My camera is magic - love the zoom (x250) and the clarity
In an unplowed field, a Great Blue Heron
As we drove down the country road we could hear them before we could see them.
Several thousand Snow Geese (this is about one fourth of the flock)
The darker ones could be juveniles or a Blue Goose - a different variation of Snow Goose
The flock of thousands takes off all at once - rising up in the sky. Their voices calling out as they rise - it was a magical Solstice moment.
And they are gone!
Did you get to spend some time with nature today?
All photos are taken with my Nikon CoolPix P600
No editing was done except a little cropping - photos are straight out of the camera