More Rain, More Geese, and Something New

Geese Jan 15

Today’s cold rain trapped me between overdue errands and a warm afternoon in bed with a book. After procrastinating most of the morning, I decided to hurry through my errands, which might get me home in time to spend a few hours with my book.

I didn’t intend to stop anywhere for photos, but packed my camera by mistake as I rushed to leave the house. A few hours later, when it became clear that my errand list was too long and the day too short, I decided to slow down and take advantage of my mistake. If I couldn’t get to my book, I could at least take a few photos.

Cormorants Jan 15

As I splashed toward these cormorants, wishing for a thicker coat and waterproof shoes, a group of smallish ducks emerged from a hidden spot near the bank.

Mergansers Jan 15

They were a new species for me, and I could hardly wait to get home and look them up. (Are they Hooded Mergansers?)

Mergansers Jan 15

I’m adding this pond to my list of places to revisit, should we ever get another sunny day…

7 thoughts on “More Rain, More Geese, and Something New

  1. Sharon Poch January 16, 2013 / 10:27 AM

    At least someone is enjoying the weather . . . Love the fascinators they’re wearing .

    • Rae Spencer January 16, 2013 / 1:29 PM

      They look like rock stars to me.

  2. Sharon Poch January 16, 2013 / 11:00 AM

    Pretty sure it’s a Hooded Merganser . . .pgs. 38/39 of Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds (of Eastern and Cenral North America). A much better way to spend the day than running errands. I’m thinking we “locals” should go birding together . . .

    • Rae Spencer January 16, 2013 / 1:28 PM

      I’m always available for a birding adventure!

  3. Gillian January 16, 2013 / 8:24 PM

    Absolutely Hooded mergansers! The male is quite dapper, isn’t he? We sometimes have one or two that hang around here during the winter, but most of them leave. Our Canada Geese are all gone, too – except for one or two at Mud Lake.

    • Rae Spencer January 16, 2013 / 11:11 PM

      Your geese have all come here!

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