Saturday, January 24, 2009

Identity Problem




The very first photo looks like a hooded merganser to me. He is hanging out just behind the brush at the edge of the water near my dock. A small family of diving ducks...maybe pochards...have also visited the creek today. I don't know if this is the common pochard or the redhead...but it looks like the redhead to me. Photo isn't crisp enough, but these guys are somewhat shy and I was unable to get closer. And then off to inside of the creek and hanging loosely away is the fourth photo above. Too far to determine, but looks like a lone goldeneye? Any bird experts who may lurk at my blog feel free to chime in. (Clicking on the photos will enlarge.)


5 comments:

One Woman's Journey said...

Thanks for sharing. I share your pleasure for spotting these beauties so close to your property. Now what are you?

Tabor said...

What am I? An eternal question and the answer may change from day to day.

One Woman's Journey said...

Oh Tabor I need to read my entries. I meant What are they!!
Sorry. I did not mean what are you. Again please forgive me.

Tabor said...

I have gotten a closer photo of the pochard...redhead. The others are still a best guess. I am just so thrilled to see water birds other than the Canaadian geese which are like fraternity guys who wake me up every night around 1:00 with their squawking.

Barry said...

They certainly look like the redheaded Aythya americana, although the males are one only ones with the red head.