Continuing my discoveries at Independence Grove, I think the coolest part of seeing all these birds, is the thrill of seeing ones I never thought I would!
tundra trumpeter swan from yesterday, and all the different ducks, but it’s the unusual that really stands out.
I saw something that looked like, but not quite like a loon.
A common merganser and his mate!
There was an odd multicolored bird, with a white patch on its head.
A hooded merganser! Wow, two new ones!
But wait, there’s more!
We had walked to the second open spot, and I was able to get a lot of closer shots.
Red-breasted mergansers! The trifecta – all three American mergansers in one sitting!
So all in all, well worth getting out there!
Some birders were around and they said there was an eared grebe out there. I may have it in a photo (I took more than 500 images) but if I do, most likely it’s blurry or hidden behind larger birds. I was happy to see these, anyway!
And I’ll leave here with an awesome shot (I think) of one of the mute swans: