An unpleasant pattern of beautiful days during the week and rain on the weekends has developed this year. Waiting for perfect conditions to birdwatch is an exercise in futility. Might as well grab my camera and see what I can find. I visited three local parks and added three species to my list for 2014. Nassau Bay Park was the first.
A pair of Mallards enjoyed a mud puddle created by the rain. Can you believe this is the first time I've seen Mallards this year?
A red-eared slider climbed up the branch to catch what rays of sunshine he could between downpours.
The squirrel ran away with his nut(?) and pretended to bury it several times. He'd look up to see if I was still watching, find another spot to dig, and repeat.
The domesticated geese are actually quite lovely - when they're not chasing me and pecking if I don't give them food. I love that touch of orange around her eye. Reminds me of bright sunny days.
The water just beads up on her feathers and rolls off her back. I wish more than water would roll off of mine...
I had to look at this one twice. I had no doubt that it was a Ring-billed Gull when I photographed it, but when I uploaded the photo it didn't look quite right. I've finally decided it's a 1st winter gull.
The rain was really coming down when I took this one. I retreated to the car and headed for the next park.
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Date of Visit: April 6, 2014
Time of day: Early afternoon
Species Identified (15): Rock Pigeon, Mallard, Great-tailed Grackle, American Coot, Northern Mockingbird, Great Egret, Tri-colored Heron, European Starling, Neotropic Cormorant, Northern Shoveler, Laughing Gull, American Crow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Sparrow, Ring-billed Gull