This past week at Long Beach, WA, breeding and migrating birds were the main attraction for me. Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows swooped through the air, cleaning out marsh bugs and flirting with potential mates.
barn swallows on rail
a couple ready to nest
one chatters one preens
tree swallows sail above marsh
upwards and onwards
Canada Goose formations flew over every morning…
goose formations call
streaking north wave after wave
…while residents remained elusive.
Mallards drakes are in full plumage.
hen mallard broods nest
precocial duckling peeks out
attentive drake guards
marsh water paddle
mama duck chicks in a line
to the nest at dusk
full-bellied chicks follow mom
drake keeps guard in rear
Shorebirds also are migrating through, and some will remain resident. I’m determined to learn their true names, so after field photos I dug into field guides!
More bird haiku to come!
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After three weeks away, much is changing in the marshland between our condominium and the beach. Though rains continue to sweep through the region, the spread of the water is decreasing.
View from our deck 4/24/17
The Mallard couple we watched before, now have a brood of fledges around 1-2 weeks old. When I saw her sitting on the nest, I wondered what she was doing– if you look closely there’s a second little head in the reeds!
See the fledging near her tail feathers?
“Within a week after hatching, Mallard ducklings double their weight…their thick down keeps their skin dry when they’re swimming, but they get cold easily at first, so the mother broods them frequently during the first two weeks.”
“Able to feed themselves, Mallard ducklings don’t beg from their mothers. From the time they leave the nest, they peck at dark spots and small objects; the mother’s job is to bring them to the best feeding areas and protect them.”
Into The Nest, Erickson & Reed; Storey Publishing 2015 (www.storey.com)
Photo Challenge: Earth
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your Christmas cactus
blooming on Easter Monday
so like you dear friend
you gave me prized rocks
each one with its history
of beauty and love
we strolled the pathway
synchronous in nurturing
gardens and girlfriends
mother earth gaia
primal goddess of all life
altar to stillness
via Photo Challenge: Earth