October 6 – And Bottoms Up

Today’s birding was at Spenard Crossing where many of the smaller trees and bushes still are filled with bright yellow leaves.

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Most of the resident birds (Mallard, Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper) were well-represented. The Bald Eagle actually posed for its picture but no matter how I tried I could not get a picture of one of the 11 Black-capped Chickadees except for a blurry flight shot.

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The Mallards were as usual resting on the waterway and on the land at the roadside pullout.

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Out on the lake, there was much active feeding with Mallards and Gadwalls spending much time bottoms up. I do like Mallards in spite of or maybe because of their being so common nearly everywhere I have lived.

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Tomorrow I am looking forward to my flight to Barrow where many gulls should take the place of ducks in my observations for a few days.

298 species so far

 

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