June 23 – Birds around the Water

Yesterday I went to the Westchester Lagoon area and to Lakes Hood and Spenard. Birds were much more photogenic at the latter two places. Birds photographed include Mallards and their young in the same area as a small flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls.

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There were many Red-necked Grebes, but so far I haven’t seen any young.

There were two Canvasbacks among the scaup on the lake.

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And there were two loons – a fairly distant Pacific Loon and the very tame, very close (it came to within 4 feet me) Red-throated Loon that has been around this summer. I particularly enjoyed looking down and seeing the way-back legs of the Red-throated Loon.

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At home the Dark-eyed Junco that has been singing in our yard has apparently produced at least one youngster that came up on the porch to eat.

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Today out at the Potter Marsh boardwalk there were both the usual Violet-green and Tree Swallows.

A Canada Goose newly hatched batch of goslings was next to the boardwalk.

There also was a Wilson’s Snipe entertaining everyone as it sat on the boardwalk and called.

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