I took these pictures of various waterfowl and birds in beautiful Fairfield Glade, TN when I was there last week on personal business. I thought I’d share a few snapshots taken at two of the smallest of the lakes there at the resort community. I took these pictures on April 7, 2015 and April 8, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘Pied-Billed Grebes’
This pair of Pied-billed Grebes lives on the pond here. I took these pictures on November 3, 2011 just at twilight when the orange-red sunset was reflected in the water. The Pied-billed Grebes happily co-exist on the pond with the Canada Geese, Great Blue Herons, and the Mallard Ducks. The grebes enjoy a diet of small to medium-sized fish, frogs, insects and other small aquatic animals. They are water birds. They are mostly Winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN. We also have a few lakes nearby so there seems to be quite a lot of waterfowl and water birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are some shots I took two days ago at the new place I live. I saw the Belted Kingfisher way up in the top of an Oak on the property near the pond. The Canada Geese are here in a flock of about twenty strong. They come and go a lot as there are a couple of small lakes nearby in the overall neighborhood here. I was quite pleased to see that the Oaks have a resident Red-bellied Woodpecker! There are also several Pied-billed Grebes that paddle around on the pond from time to time along with the Mallard Ducks. As my new home is in the same county as the old one, many of the birds and waterfowl will likely be familiar ones to me. I am totally happy to have the wildlife here and will be taking lots of pictures to share here on the blog. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday we had a lot of visiting Ducks here! I went outside on the deck and looked at the lake and noticed that the Pintails were still here but were joined by some different Ducks. I saw a couple of drake or male, Bufflehead Ducks and several Lesser Scaup Ducks along with the American Coots, Pied-Billed Grebes and the Northern Pintails. Of course, the Greylag Goose and the Canada Geese are also still here. I am so excited to see the Bufflehead Ducks back again. Last Winter I took some pictures of Buffleheads here and posted them on this blog. I have never before seen the Scaups so that is a real treat. The Buffleheads are white and black with a mostly white head and black neck and back and a white chest and belly. The Buffleheads are very shy ducks, and are a lot like the Wood Ducks in their shyness. These Ducks were all located way out in the middle of the lake. They never came anywhere near the shoreline like the Grebes and Coots have. The Scaup males or drakes, are black and white with a blueish bill. The female or hen Lesser Scaup is dark brown, lighter brown and tan with a bit of buff around the eyes. The Scaups were mixed in with the Pintails. The Northern Pintails are brown and black and have those very distinctive turned-up long tail feathers. I took these pictures on 11/20/10 from my back deck. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Ducks, Geese, Grebes, and Coots galore were out on our 101 acre community lake yesterday. A few migratory visitors surprised me when I took a picture of a large group of mixed birds way out on the lake. Imagine my surprise to see in one spot American Widgeons, Pied-Billed Grebes, Mallard Ducks, American Coots, Wood Ducks and of all things, Lesser Scaup Ducks! Very exciting to say the least! This is the first time I have seen Scaup ducks and they are interesting beauties with black and white coloring with a blue bill and yellow eyes. We also have our resident group of Canada Geese and that old faithful Greylag Goose is still here. Our lake is having far fewer boats out so the ducks feel safer on the water. My husband also reported seeing a Bald Eagle fly over the lake this morning. That makes a lot of sense as I have read that the Bald Eagle likes eating Coots. When the Eagles fly around here, all of the little animals and smaller waterbirds hide. I also noted that the big flock of Coots is now here. I saw about 50 Coots in all. We probably had 30 Widgeons here today. Only a handful of the Scaups and Grebes were out. Same for the Wood Ducks (I only saw 2 today). In the photo of the big mixed flock, there are American Widgeons, Grebes, Lesser Scaups, American Coots, and a Wood Duck or two. All of these pictures were taken on 10/31/10 from my back deck. Today was certainly that “Waterbird Extravaganza” type of day here! By the way, so far, this morning is a very quiet one and a big contrast to all of the exciting scenes of yesterday. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
What an afternoon of wildlife spotting I had yesterday (10/14/10)! The day was very windy but clear here. I spotted a number of medium to large flocks of waterfowl on the lake this afternoon at about 4:00 PM. It was very unusual to see such a number of birds paddling so I got out the camera and tried my best to take some pictures of the ducks and water birds I was seeing. The main difficulty for me was that the birds were way out on the lake, almost to the far shoreline. It is very hard to see the birds but as best as I can tell, there were a big flock of Pied Billed Grebes, another large flock of American Wigeons (I think), and a much smaller number of the resident Mallard Ducks. On the shoreline in my back yard, I saw Mourning Doves, Grey Squirrels, and Carolina Chickadees. I also saw a Red-Bellied Woodpecker but did not get a good enough picture of it to post here (It was hidden in the thick Oak leaves). I have only lived here on the 101 acre community lake for a year so I do not know if it is at all unusual to see Widgeons here. I know that the Widgeons are migratory and not resident here. I have seen Grebes here earlier this past summer. We also have a small group of resident Mallard Ducks year-’round. By the way, the Ducks got spooked by a passing pontoon boat and took off flying as a flock. The Grebes just waited it all out as the boat did not come very near the birds. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Some Grebes have visited the lake this week. This is the first time in the thirteen months that I’ve lived here that I have seen Grebes on the lake. If I am not mistaken, I believe these are Pied-Billed Grebes (Not totally sure though). The Pied-Billed Grebes are water birds and are not Ducks although they have habits similar to those of many diving Ducks. The Pied-Billed Grebe has a darker stripe across its bill. They also have a long slender neck. The Pied-Billed Grebe dives frequently both to escape from danger or to search and hunt for food. The Grebes eat aquatic life such as fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, and aquatic insects. I saw and photographed these two Pied-Billed Grebes on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. I have not seen them since that one day. They were just likely stopping over on the way to another body of water. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo. Enjoy!