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Older Pictures of Ring-Necked Ducks


Lots of Ring-necked Ducks visit lakes and ponds in Cumberland County,  Tennessee in the Winter months.  I took these photographs in 2010.  The drakes are tuxedo-marked black and white.  The hens are a rich light brown and tan.  These ducks have a ring on their bills but also have a very faint white ring deep in the crease of their neck.  This neck ring is seldom visible.

The Ring-necked Ducks are diving ducks and eat lots of aquatic plants as well as some insects.  It was a lot of fun to duck-watch back when I lived on the small man-made fishing lake where I took these photographs.  It is one of the things I am missing here in Florida.  I have only rarely seen ducks here in Marion County and I have only seen small groups of ducks and no large flocks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!





All Woodpeckers Today!

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Here are photographs of Woodpeckers that I took way back in 2011 when I lived at the lake house in Tennessee.  I hope you enjoy seeing the gorgeous birds!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo of each woodpecker.  Wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Downey Woodpecker

Downey Woodpecker

My Lake House is For Sale

Hi All,  I am posting a link to the Knoxville Multiple Listing Service for my lake house in Fairfield Glade, Cumberland County, Tennessee.  My husband and I are selling this home at a very reasonable price!  I hope you’ll take a peek.  We really are hoping to sell this home soon.  If you have questions or want to tour the home, please contact our Agent.  Thanks!


Gorgeous Ducks

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These Red-head Ducks were out on two lakes in the neighborhood where I used to live in Cumberland County, Tennessee.  I saw about twenty of these migratory diving ducks on one little lake and a much larger flock on a large lake in the same neighborhood.  These ducks are gorgeous!  The drakes (males) are white, black, and have a crimson-red neck and head.  They have a blue bill.  The hens are light-brown with a slightly darker-brown head.  Red-head Ducks are diving ducks that mostly eat aquatic plants.  These ducks are here for a few weeks and then will be heading back up North.

The Red-heads are similar to the larger Canvasback Ducks.  The main difference between these ducks is that the Canvasbacks have a more pointed bill and also a slightly pointed head. I was thrilled to see these ducks also on another larger lake in the same resort.  I took these pictures on March 4, 2013 from a lake-front parking area, and also from my lake home’s dock.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Canada Geese on a Cold TN Day

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Canada Geese just seem to take cold weather in stride.  There is a resident small group of about eight Canada Geese that are here often.  These geese likely are the same birds that were hatched here in May, 2012.  The geese were here this past weekend when I took these pictures from my living room window.  It was very cold here and snowed off and on.  The snow would sublimate or melt and then more snow would fall.  Sometimes the grass would be green and sometimes there was a crust of the white stuff.  The temperature was just at freezing almost all day.

The geese did not seem to mind the snow but I do think that they did not appreciate the cold winds that blew on Saturday afternoon here.  I know I did not enjoy it at all!  The geese are grain and plant eating birds.  They love new grass and will graze on lawns or pastures to eat that newly grown grass.  By the way, it is raining heavily today and snow is expected tonight and tomorrow.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Baltimore Oriole Bird Stops By

Yesterday I was out walking with the camera and saw a new face here.  I was extremely pleased to see a male Baltimore Oriole bird on a lower branch of a dead tree.  That tree is in a really good spot for the birds and wildlife – the gulch area near the pond’s dam.  Lots of food, water, and shelter.

The Baltimore Oriole is the bird of Maryland.  It is s Spring visitor here in this area of Tennessee up on the Cumberland Plateau.  The male is bright orange, black, and white.  The female and older juveniles are basically similar but of a duller and slightly brownish tone.  These birds love nectar, insects and fruits.  I have read where they really enjoy a now and then treat of a sliced orange fruit being put out for them to nibble at and sip the juices from.  Interesting!  I took the pictures in my driveway yesterday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  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!

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