Wild Wednesday … Birds Around the Mill

I started this post last June, but never finished it. Better late that never. Here are just a few pictures of our birds that make their home at the Mill. It defies conventional wisdom that so much wildlife makes it home at an industrial complex and thrives. It’s all about the habitat.

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Wood Ducks.

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Osprey

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Wild Turkey Hen

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Killdeer

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Great Blue Heron

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Black Pheobe

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Cattle Egret

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Blackbirds on a pole stack.

 

Wild Wednesday … Goose Goose!

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A pair of Canada Geese in pen and ink.

This was drawn from a pair of geese on the mill pond.  Canada geese are great subjects for pen and ink. They’re already black and white.

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Canada geese can be found on the mill site constantly.

This gaggle spotted Sailor and Bliss over on shore. They decided to come over and cause trouble for my goldens, who were minding their own business.  Typical rabble rousing degenerate geese!

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You had to know this would happen.

Sailor couldn’t take it anymore and swam out to say hello.  What’s a boy to do.

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Well this isn’t going well.

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Wild Wednesday … Waiting For Fish

 

 

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Scanning the Sacramento River, this bald eagle is fishing for breakfast.

I saw the eagle perched near the boat ramp scanning the river. I couldn’t get a clear picture that wasn’t full of branches. I slid down the bank next to the water. Slid being the operative word, since I almost took a morning dip. I had a clear view for this shot. The eagle never gave me a look. I wasn’t a fish!

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Perched in the tree tops beside the river waiting for a fish.

Wild Wednesday … Quail Sentry

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California Valley Quail on sentry duty.  Pen and Ink.

It’s tough being a prey item. California valley quail deal with this fact of life by having a sentry to watch over the covey. He’s not much for defending the covey, but will sound a pretty good alarm.