Sunday, December 31, 2006

Boise River Bird Watching

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Another day of bird watching in Boise. I took in some cross country skiing this morning before heading out this afternoon to take some photos along the river. We were looking for bald eagles, but none were to be seen. We did see some interesting stuff. Here you see what I believe is a song sparrow. Sparrows are still tough for me. Not necessarily an exciting bird to find as they are quite common, but the picture came out quite good, so I though I would share.

Upon approaching the river, I scared up a group of Common Goldeneyes (not necessarily common here, but that is their name). I had to sneak down the river to get this shot.

One of my favorite birds chose to put on a show for us. Here are a few Hooded Mergansers. I learned something today. Most of the head shape of these birds is made up of feathers. It surprised me when one of them folded down their head feathers. I had just assumed their head was shaped that way.

Other birds: Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

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1 comment:

Veery said...

Your photo of the Hooded Mergansers is very striking. I am impressed.

I have seen these Mergansers a few times in the past but when I saw one without the 'hood', I thought it was some other bird.

Cool site!