March 22nd. Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) are back in some numbers
...but remain very shy and distant. A pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes
cucullatus) are still further away.
All the waterfowl seem to have paired off. A pair of Mallards (Anas
platyrhynchos) heads away through the mist.
A pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) also seen through
This Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) cocoon was attacked,
probably by a mouse, and the overwintering pupa eaten. (See my Cecropia
Life Cycle pages.)
April 1st. Sunrise. Back on the trail after a week away.
A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) was singing up a storm.
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) a little closer this morning.
April 5th. Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) are back...
...and checking out favorite nesting holes.
The dead maple trunk on the right has a nest hole about 18"
down from the top.
April 6th. A Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
is visiting the marsh...
...and attracting a crowd of spectators (Red-winged Blackbirds and
Clouds rolling in. Rain expected later today.
April 8th. A Tree Swallow seems to have claimed the prime nesting
A pair of Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) showed up yesterday.