A few random observations from recent birding expeditions:
- Still not sure what that little duck way out on the Ottawa River was. Female blue- or green-winged teal? Maybe, maybe not.
- Waterfowl have a sixth sense telling them which way to turn to hide characteristic field marks.
- Hooded Mergansers are neat, somewhat funny-looking birds.
- The male Wood Ducks are out of eclipse, and beautiful. So are the Mallards, but they're more familiar.
- Cormorants drying their wings look somewhere between majestic and silly.
- Nuthatches can perch and walk on any wooden surface in any orientation.
- A spotting scope would be right handy sometimes.
- The chickadees at Mud Lake (Brittania) have no fear. One was trying to perch on my hat. Persistently.