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A Mix of Pix

Northern Mockingbird

Here are some photographs I took this past week here on the little farm.  A mix of birds, and ducks.   Please click on the thumbnail image and Enjoy!

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Female Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Chipping Sparrow

Mallard Ducks

The Newest Residents of the Little Farm Pond Have Hatched!

Canada goslings have hatched yesterday here on the shore of the little farm pond!  Hooray!  Mama and Papa goose took the babies out for a walk and breakfast yesterday late in the morning.  I took these pictures from a long distance so as to not disturb the new family.  As best as I can tell, there are seven little ones.  They won’t be able to fly for another three months so they will be waddling and paddling around the pond.  When the goslings get a bit older, the family may make the trek down the long driveway and across the street to the little private community lake down the hill.  That would be a long haul for the babies but sometimes geese are pretty athletic.  I am thrilled to have seen the new arrivals!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Ducks

I was happy to see several drake Mallard Ducks here on the little pond this past week.  I took these pictures on April 15, 2012 and again on April 21, 2012 in my yard.  The drake or male Mallard Ducks have an emerald-green head, grayish-brown back, blue and white patches on the wings (especially seen when the duck is flying), orange feet, and a dark brown tail.  The bill is usually a greenish-yellow or also an orange-yellow in color.  They are quite social and tend to quack a lot at times.  They are larger than many other ducks.  There is a hen Ring-Necked Duck here that is infatuated with one of the drake Mallard Ducks.  They have both lived here for the past few months.  She had a Ring-Necked drake suitor who apparently did not stay with her.  She is in a couple of the pictures shown today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Flock of Wood Ducks Arrives at the Farm Pond

Wood Ducks came to call on April 21, 2012.  This is the first time I have seen a flock here.  Usually I see four or five but more likely just a trio.  The big flock was a pleasant surprise.  Notice that most of these ducks are drakes or males.  The drakes are the colorful ones with brown, green, orange, blue, black, white and red feathers.  A walking rainbow!  The hens are cocoa brown and white with black accents.  Both are smaller ducks.  They whistle-quack.  They nest in trees and have long toenails on webbed feet.  Wood Ducks like eating insects both aquatic and land-based.  They are very shy ducks and live in our area of Cumberland County, TN, year around.  I am very happy to have seen these beautiful ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Farm Pond Waterfowl

Red-Winged Blackbird

A Pair of Blue-Winged Teal Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Happy Earth Day to all!  For Earth Day, I thought I would share some photographs of the various ducks and geese and birds I saw at the little farm pond here in the last three days.  Please click on the thumbnail image and enjoy!

Hen Ring-Necked Duck

A Pair of Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Canada Goose (Papa-to-be)

Hen Ring-Necked Duck

A Visit by the Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron comes to visit the little farm pond every couple of days.  It hunts for small fish, frogs, worms, aquatic insects, eggs, and other small pond animals.  The Canada Geese are managing to keep the heron away from the nest so far.  The heron has plenty of fish and frogs here so it won’t bother the geese now.  I also noticed that a pair of Wood Ducks paddled past the Great Blue Heron.  This was after the heron had already gobbled up its lunch.

The Great Blue Heron has its nest high up in a tall tree on the nearby small private community lake.  The herons are a nice addition to the pond here and stay around all-year-long.  By the way,  I am not sure if the heron is moving the stick as it appears in one of the pictures, or if the bird is taking the stick.  If it is taking the stick, that stick likely will be used in nest-building or repair.   I took these pictures here in my yard on April 15, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

A Whole Bunch of Canada Geese

The larger flock of Canada Geese have been here at the little farm pond on several afternoons and early evenings lately.  They usually are on the nearby small private community lake.  I have a theory that is just a guess.  I think that because a pair of the Canada Geese are nesting here at the pond, the larger flock come around in the evening to help stand guard.  I do not have any proof of this but it is a thought.  We should expect to see goslings here at the end of the month.

Mr. Canada Goose stands guard by either being on the pond quite near the nest, or by browsing for food on the shoreline near the mother.  At least once a day the mother does go out on the pond for a quick paddle, stretch, preen or groom, and eats.  It has been my observation that the Canada Geese are devoted parents.  Canada Geese take about 28-30 days for the eggs of their clutch of four or five to hatch.  The goslings will remain flightless for about four months.  I took these pictures here on April 8, 2012, and April 11, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wood Duck Flight

Wood Ducks have been here on the little pond every few days recently.  The flock numbers about five at the pond.  Maybe there are others on nearby ponds or at the little private community lake across the street and down the hill.  Wood Ducks are nesting about now.  The pairs nest with the female laying her eggs up in a tree some ten or more feet off the ground.  The newly hatched ducklings will drop to the ground safely and waddle off to the water with mom and dad.  It is amazing!  We may have some Wood Ducks nesting nearby but I am not sure where.  We will see.

The drake is the brightly colored one and the hen is more of a chocolate brown with the distinctive white almond-shaped ring around her eyes.  These small ducks are year-around residents here in Cumberland County, Tennessee.  They sure are speedy fliers, too.  I took these pictures in my yard on April 7, 2012 and again on April 10, 2010.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

Male Northern Cardinal

Canada Goose

Female Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

I took these pictures in my yards in the past week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

 

Wood Ducks

Tufted Titmouse

Springtime Scenes from the Pond

I took these pictures in my yard on April 7, 2012.  The pond has amazing wildlife!   I did not know a Great Blue Heron was lurking in the shadows on the opposite shoreline of the pond.  It was standing just behind a pair of Mallard Ducks paddling around the pond.  A male Northern Cardinal sings in the towering Oak Trees here now.  That Cardinal loves to come to the bird feeder and grab a snack.  The male Red-winged Blackbird loves to explore among the reeds on the pond’s shore.  That bird also has learned to come to the bird feeder.

Mr. and Mrs. Canada Goose will be expecting a new family here at the end of the month.  Mom is brooding on her nest in the soft grass on the shore.  I also saw a small flock of Wood Ducks, with the brightly colored male or drake being out on the water most often.  The others huddled on the shore or were busy in the trees nesting.  The last duck I saw here, was the familiar hen Ring-necked Duck.  She has been here for months off and on.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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