Saturday, March 19, 2016

BIRDS AT HUNTLEY MEADOWS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

These are the birds we saw at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria on March 12th, 2016.  I shared my post from our visit a year ago here in case you missed it.   My photos are not too bright as it was a very grey day.

I always enjoy the Mallard Ducks. 

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Hooded Merganser, the first I have seen in a very long time.  A bit far away but I cropped the photo.  He had two companions, that we could see, swimming nearby.


There were several Canada Geese, not as many as last year but they were around.


A Wood Duck.  Not sure where his mate was.



Standing one-legged on the fallen log is a Great Blue Heron.  It is hard to see but you can just make out his long yellow beak as he has turned his head to the right.  Swimming on the left is a another Hooded Merganser.



A Red-wing Blackbird.  I always look forward to seeing them when I come here.


There were Coots also.



And that's about it for my bird post today.



I am sharing with the following memes as they become available, with my thanks to our hosts for bringing them to us.  If you click on their names you will be able to visit other participants.


Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes
Stewart at Wild Bird Wednesday

23 comments:

  1. Good morning!:) A fine selection of photos. The Merganser, Wood duck, and Blackbird are birds I don't see very often, well, I never see the American Blackbirds unless in pictures, so these are my favourites.
    You can clearly see the beak of the Blue Heron in the reflection, and it's a lovely shot. Have a great Sunday!:)

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  2. Wow....super collection today! I am in total awe of the wood duck. I've only seen ONE in the 10 yrs. here. Lucky you.

    Thanks for participating at I'd rather b birdin' this weekend.

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  3. it is hard to top the beauty of those wood ducks, but the hooded's are a "new" favorite of mine as they come here for winter and i have seen them!!!

    looks like a GREAT spot for birding!!!!!

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  4. Enjoyed viewing your birds! Lovely collection of them.

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  5. Oh wow what an amazing collection of bird photographs!
    Have a wonderful Sunday :)

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  6. Great photos of really beautiful... and cute birds!
    I googled the red-wing blackbird and learnt that it's in a different family from our blackbird, but it has a fun song. :)
    Have a lovely week ahead!

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  7. Yes indeed. Huntley Meadows Park is a hop, skip and a jump for us and definitely on the agenda. Another Cedar Waxwing spotted yesterday. I lived down that way before I mrried David and know this to be one of the best places to site birds, especially in spring and fall.

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  8. Some of my favourite birds, here. Lovely pics. The only ones which have eluded me are the coots. Great shot of the RWBB and those mergansers are just so cute, aren't they?

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  9. They are beautiful ducks, for certain. I never see them.
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  10. Quite a set of birds- the heron's my favourite.

    I saw the first Canada geese up here yesterday.

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  11. These are all great- you managed to see quite a few and I think the Merganser is my favorite today.

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  12. Denice, some of that water is so, so reflective. I just loved seeing these pictures.

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  13. Such a lovely selection, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  14. Oh some of my favorites.... I read that a woody will wait and hope a female shows up... Michelle

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  15. Hello Denise. wonderful collection of birds. The female wood duck maybe in the box. Huntley Meadows is an awesome spot for an outing. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  16. Great variety of species. Hooded Meeganser is surely one of the finest looking ducks in the world.

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  17. You saw a lovely selection of birds at that Park

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  18. Great birds, and I especially love the Wood Ducks!

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  19. Really nice birds you have at this spot. I wonder if the drake Wood Duck's girlfriend is in the box:)

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  20. A lovely selection from your visit Denise. The Hooded Merganser is definitely a 'looker'.

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  21. Interesting variety of birds, Denise. Great photos!

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  22. Great shot! Particularly love the red-winged!

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