Meet the Wigeons

Friday, April 20, 2018,

These are Mr. and Mrs. Wigeon out for a tour of the pond. I was lucky enough to catch them on a fairly windless day so I was able to get some decent reflections. I took these pics at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. As I have no doubt said in other posts, this is a terrific place to view wildlife.

I had been under the impression that these guys would be leaving soon for more northerly climes. When I mentioned this during a recent walk with the Four Harbors Audubon Society, my friend Luci told me that more and more of our ‘winter ducks’, including Gadwalls and Wigeons, have been staying and nesting right here on Long Island.The term ‘winter ducks’ refers to the several species of ducks that fly south to our shores for our comparatively milder winters. I like the idea of having a greater variety of ducks here year round. Maybe I’ll have more opportunities to get shots like these. JK


Male Wigeon

Sunday, April 15, 2018,

Here’s a pair of shots of a male Wigeon. He was cruising the pond that is just south of Setauket Mill Pond. Maybe he was admiring his reflection before coming near the shore for some salad. I also managed to get a few more shots of a mated pair of Wigeons on this same pond. Hopefully, I will get around to posting those shots later this week. JK


A Sign of Spring

Wednesday, April 11, 2018,

It’s Spring. According to the calendar, it’s been SpringĀ  for about three weeks, but for many of us here on Long Island, it hasn’t really felt like Spring. Even just yesterday, we had a possibility of snow. But now, it seems like maybe Spring has finally caught up to the calendar. I make no promises. I don’t trust in Spring till April becomes May. I can still remember an April blizzard, but I have grown old(er) and jaded. Try not to let this happen to you kids. In the meantime. it really does appear that Spring has indeed sprung. Here are two pics of a Robin I saw at Sweetbriar Nature Center. Judging by the dirt on his bill, I’d say he’s convinced. JK.


Gull in Flight

Friday, March 30, 2018,

This is the Greater Black-backed Gull, the biggest and baddest gull in the world. This is the gull that other gulls wish they could grow up to be. Maybe because some of those other, smaller, gulls sometimes end up being eaten by these tyrants.

Yes, the Greater Black-backed Gull is the bully on the beach. When he’s not kicking sand on some poor scrawny peace and sand loving bird, he’s eating their chicks or their eggs. These gulls have even been attack and devour full grown ducks. Nobody can count themselves safe around these guys. JK.


A White-breasted Nuthatch at Morton Refuge

Monday, March 26, 2018,

These are two pics of a White-breasted Nuthatch. This guy was working an Oak Tree at Morton Refuge. Neither one of these photographs show it, but Nuthatches are one of the very few species of birds that will search for insects on a tree in both up and down directions. Most birds conduct these same searches only while traveling upwards. I really don’t know the reason for this. Maybe they just don’t like looking down. JK.