Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A Lovesick Romeo
My husband and I got some birding in last weekend. I hope to post the pictures soon. It was a beautiful day, and so we went to LaSalle Marina, in Burlington, in order to see if the ring-necked ducks were still there. They were, which was great, because they are rarely seen in our parts. We also saw some Canvasbacks- another duck species though not rare, are not seen so often, either. I also enjoyed watching the Common Mergansers strut their stuff in order to impress a lone female.
The best sighting was the juvenile King Eider, of course. He was still hanging around, and we could see it was because he was love sick: over a female Mallard! This female had an entourage of males (Mallards) surrounding her, and behind her like a bad smell, was the young King Eider.
It looked like she was trying to shake him, but couldn't. At some point, she did manage to elude him, and the King Eider, ended up flying right up to the beach where we were. It was great for us, because we had such a close up view. However, that poor duck was searching frantically everywhere! He kept looking around here, and there. He didn't seem to know that she was much further into the lake. I felt sorry for him. But, c'est la vie!
Well, from there we went to Bronte Harbor to see if the Snowy Owl was still there, and yes, it was. And so was a horned grebe with winter plumage, as well as an early Kildeer. The latter bird is a sure sign that the spring migration is under way, so I was really happy about that. And it was cool that the Snowy was still around, too!