With the beavers in control again, the ponds full of water and reflections, the cold weather approaching, birds are coming back to Cougar Creek park. On the water, they're mostly mallards at this season; other waterfowl will show up when winter comes.
We took too many photos of mallards and reflections.
|Mallard female, with reflections mimicing her feather pattern,|
|Mallard pair. Yellow scribbles reflect not-quite-bare trees on the far shore.|
|At the creek entrance, the trees crowd in, creating shadows and marvellous green water.|
|Male and blue sky (reflected).|
|Manky mallard. Has hints of purplish blue on the head, no blue speculum, patchy back.|
|Far down the quiet arm of the main pond, a flock of pine siskins was drinking at the end of a log, chattering and preening as they waited their turn.|
We didn't do the complete circuit, because of Laurie's back, so we missed the sparrows and finches that hang out near the blackberry patch, and the robins that patrol the lawns. Next time; every day, Laurie is getting more of his strength back.
A Skywatch post.