Hoary Redpoll – Woods Hole, MA – 3/21/15
A very rare bird for these parts, Hoary Redpolls breed on the Arctic tundra, and generally live in northern Canada in small numbers among flocks of Common Redpolls. They are distinguished from Common Redpolls by the lack of streaking under the tail, minimal streaking on the flanks, a pale, frosty overall color, and a short, stubby bill. This one showed up at my feeder in Woods Hole last week for a couple days and was life bird #397 for me! What a treat!
…My last post was about Wood Ducks being a tough duck to get photos of around here…the other day I saw more Wood Ducks and managed some closer photos…and another pair shot…
Another visit to the same spot today and there were 6 Wood Ducks in the same location…the breeding plumage of the males is spectacular.
I’ve been trying to get photos of all the local male/female duck pairs. Here’s a sample of some of the duck-pair pics I’ve gotten recently. Featured from top left: Red-Breasted Merganser, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Ring-Necked Duck, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser.
A Snowy Owl on Salt Pond in Falmouth, MA.
I finally got some decent Common Merganser photos including this one of a male taking flight…For a few moments before takeoff, the Common Merganser literally runs on the water.