Commonwealth Lake

Now that the snow has melted, the weather has turned to freezing temps and a howling east wind. Bleah. Despite the lousy conditions, I bundled up and took a walk around Commonwealth Lake. The park was hosting a large flock of Cackling Geese and a similar sized flock of American Wigeon. Other species were present in much smaller numbers.

img_9283This Great Egret was getting a lot of attention from the dog walkers and joggers in the park, with people stopping to take cell phone photos. I try not to be a birding snob, realizing that the big flashy species are what get people’s attention. Great Egrets are gorgeous birds, and always worth a look. But most of these folks were oblivious to the smaller creatures flitting around this bird’s feet…

greenlike this guy. This Green Heron was fluffed up against the cold and was staying in the thick brush along the water’s edge.

img_9288Duck Butts! A pair of Gadwall were doing the dabbling thing.

pied-billedAfter a successful nesting season at this site, Pied-billed Grebes are still present in good numbers.

ring-billedThis Ring-billed Gull was struggling to remain perched on a post in the high winds. Note the red orbital ring and gape, suggesting that breeding season may not be all that far off. If we can just get through February…

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One Response to Commonwealth Lake

  1. Susan Brock says:

    Nice! Thanks John. I live a block away from this spot and I need to get there and see what’s happening. Can’t wait for this winter to end!

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