All the pictures in todays post were taken by Jake.
We spent the day on Saturday,April 10,at Portage la Prairie.
This is a small city about an hours drive northwest of our place.
Our main reason for going there was the report of Common Goldeneye on the lake.
We were not disappointed as we found several pairs performing their courtship displays.
Here is a picture of the male Common Goldeneye in flight.
The coloration of this bird is quite distinct.
Also present on the lake was one pair of Hooded Mergansers.
The male is even more spectacular when he has his crest raised.
The duller female has a perpetual bad hair day.
At home we were treated to a visit from a small flock of White-winged Crossbills.
This is a female,noted by its yellowish color.
The male is much brighter and reddish in color.
Just today we found that these birds do not mind being close to humans.
Jake and I were working on the decorative pool and the Crossbills came right down beside us.One even landed right on Jakes head. Where is the camera when I need it?
I might add that Jake reached out and stroked one of the birds on the back.
What a very special moment!
Yesterday,Sunday ,April 11,we headed back to the Valley and the Hawk Watch.
This time it was time for the Turkey Vultures.
Here is just one picture to show their massive wingspan of 6 feet.
They are graceful flyers,passing overhead without a single wingbeat.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip to a few of our favorite birding spots.
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