Yesterday was a breezy sunny and cool day here at the little farm. I was out with the camera twice. I took the picture of the Canada Goose walking into the pond in the late morning. The Canada Geese spend their breakfast time here at the pond and then fly over to the nearby lake. I snapped the rest of these pictures at about 2:30 PM. The Great Blue Heron is a different bird from the one that usually wades along the shoreline here at the little farm pond. The heron was up on the pasture with the cattle that the next door farmer has. I was overjoyed to see a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker woodpecker hunting for insects in the grass near the dam area of the pond. The yellow coloring of the shafts of his feathers are easily seen when he flies.
The Mallard Ducks are almost always here. The drake Mallard is very handsome with his emerald-green head The bottom middle photograph is of the pair of Hooded Mergansers that showed up here yesterday. Perhaps these Mergansers have been this way before and are on their return north. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!