Bird-watching on long Easter weekend

I hope everyone is having a good long Easter weekend thus far.  My Easter weekend involved bird-watching and spending time with new friends (humans, birds, and one dog).  Here are bird pictures from different places.

Strathcona Park

Male Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Probably a female Common Goldeneye.

Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland

Sawmill Creek Reconstructed Wetland
Snow on the trail around Sawmill Creek Reconstructed Wetland has almost all melted, same with the snow on the water.

A pair of Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) behind the gulls.

Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis).  I didn't pay enough attention to see if there is more than one species.

Gulls, goose, and O-Train

Eight Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser)

Close-up on the handsome males.

Apparently after I left for McCarthy Woods, this blogger documented Red-winged Blackbirds, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a Herring Gull in the same area.  D'oh.

McCarthy Woods (west side)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Mud Lake

Compared to the past couple of days, the weather today was not so good - cloudy and chilly.  I went to Mud Lake with a friend to test her new camera but neither of us took a lot of photos in the end.  We did came across a photography class which helped us saw Wood Ducks and Cooper's Hawks.

The highlight of the day was seeing Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) for the first time this year.

Wood Ducks in their natural habitat.

Chickadee with human friend
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) with a human friend.

Chickadee with human friend

Chickadee with human friend

 Strange bird-feeding device?

Despite not photographing a lot of birds, we did came across a pretty good number of birds today.  Here it is:
- Canada Geese 
- Wood Ducks 
- Mallards 
- American Black Duck 
- Common Goldeneyes 
- Cooper's Hawks 
- Ringed-billed Gulls 
- Hairy Woodpecker 
- Downy Woodpeckers 
- Blue Jay 
- American Crows 
- Dark-eyed Junco 
- Black-capped Chickadees 
- White-breasted Nuthatches 
- Red-breasted Nuthatch 
- American Robins 
- European Starlings 
- Song Sparrows 
- House Sparrows 
- Northern Cardinals 
- Red-winged Blackbirds 
- Common Grackle

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