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October 31, 2014

Hooded Merganser Naps on Sapsucker Woods Pond

“Hooded” is something of an understatement for this extravagantly crested little duck. Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp black-and-white patterns set off by chestnut flanks. Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest. Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old. 

October 30, 2014

Gross of Evening Grosbeaks

Although they are songbirds by lineage, Evening Grosbeaks do not have regular songs. They may rarely give short, uneven warbles. In this clip we hear sweet, piercing calls and burry chirps. 

October 29, 2014

Coyote Halloween Howls

Our male parent pops his head out of the nest box as the local Coyotes howl nearby. Did you know that the latin name for Coyote is Canis latrans, which actually means "barking dog"? And as we can hear they are certainly living up to their name. This may be a small family group lead by a breeding female.  

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