20 May 2010

Ring-necked Duck and Chipping Sparrow

I ran into a little duck sailing on the house pond. I can't seem to identify it. At first I thought it was a goldeneye but this little guys eyes were a beautiful, bright green.  I think it might be a ring-necked duck. It clearly has a ring around it's neck and a fluffy top like this one. If it is then it isn't a guy it's a girl.

I'm going with female, ring-necked duck. If anyone has a different idea please feel free to chime in.

Here she is doing a back peddle.

What was particularly interesting about this little gal was she didn't seem a bit perturbed by my presence. Normally, the ducks skeedaddle the minute they become aware of me. I'm thinking it's a response much like the deer, leading one away from the nest.  Anyway, she was a cutie pie.

I also observed a little bird that I do not recollect ever seeing here before. It was a Chipping Sparrow. For once the illustration in my bird identification was exactly like what I saw.

It was a tiny little thing feeding on dandelions in the lawn. What drew my attention to it was the chestnut cap. Had I seen that before I would have remembered.

It's always fun to add a new species to my list of observed wildlife.

The snow level last night was only a couple of hundred feet above me. We continue to have rainy cool weather.

In the "other world" the markets are in turmoil again and commodities are getting creamed. After a huge rally gold and the shares are really getting clobbered. Anyone who doesn't have any exposure to gold this may be a good time to look into it.

Those who have been buying the government propaganda that the recession is over and happy days are here again are in for a rude awakening I fear.

Dow finished the day down nearly four hundred points. Ouch!

©Kinsey Barnard Photography


Dave said...

I think that might be a golden-eye duck. I'm no expert. Here's a link to a photo. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.grenada-ms-business-directory.com/image-files/goldeneye-duck.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.grenada-ms-business-directory.com/goldeneye.html&usg=__mkjH3gOOLRG1o_J-0vQ1FCynIP8=&h=478&w=600&sz=42&hl=en&start=23&sig2=wGSeStMneb1oYU38UIcpwQ&itbs=1&tbnid=nF6J2Xgs2Ru1sM:&tbnh=108&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwild%2Bducks%26start%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=NQX2S9fRLIfmtgPA7aWIBQ

Kinsey Barnard said...

I'm afraid I have to disagree. If you read what I wrote and what was written on the link you provided the behavior was all wrong plus goldeneyes have golden eyes. This gal has very green eyes.

I'm sticking with ring-neck.

Heather said...

New here and I like what you said in your about me. I have never seen either one of these birds before and you pics are amazing. Thanks for have the passion to share nature with us.