Next it was onto Orlando's upper pond in Charlton which is the same area we were at this past Sunday where the gulls were eating english muffins. Sure enough there were three Ruddy Ducks there that could be seen really nicely with a scope. The picture above is of a drake in non-breeding plumage. Check out its tail!
These small ducks are absolutely adorable and are a little larger than a Bufflehead just to give you an overall idea on size.
Definitely the highlight of my morning and my new favorite bird for the month of October!
Next it was onto Lake Quaboag to see if we could find anything of interest there. Not much at all except for a couple of Double-crested Cormorants of which one was playing with its fish before consuming.
We travelled a little further north to the Quag hoping to see some different waterfowl there but once again a "no go" with just more Double Crested Cormorants and Mallards.
Song birds were out in full force though including this Hairy Woodpecker above. I really like this shot as it shows off the size of its bill in relation to the size of its head.
We also saw this Wooly Bear Caterpillar.
The picture above is of
There were quite a few scaup clustered together along the pond including this drake Greater Scaup above.
Profile from the back so you can see how much the head shape can change based upon their position.
Alan was able to pick out a couple of Lesser Scaups in the group including the one above. Notice how the head is peaked vs the Greater Scaup which is round. Would I have been able to figure this out on my own??? No way, but once Alan pointed it out to me I could see the difference.
Huddled together as a group.
Love this shot of the Drake Greater Scaup. Those yellow eyes contrast perfectly with his black face.
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