Friday, September 3, 2010

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks (and other sightings)

The hurricane is finally here, but luckily is passing far enough offshore that we have not seen much rain, just some stronger winds now and then. However, the effects of the hurricane on bird sightings has started to become evident. This morning we were alerted to a sighting of 4 Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, but when we arrived at the sighting location they were gone. Luckily there was another birder at that location who told us which direction they flew in so we were able to track them down by visiting every pond in that direction. These ducks are a rare sighting this far North, so we were very excited to finally see them!

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck showing off the white wing patches

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks

Mallard on left, with unusual blonde version of Mallard on right.

Waves influenced by Hurricane Earl

1 comment:

holdingmoments said...

Good to hear the hurricane is not causing damage.
You'll probably get a few rarities turn up with those strong winds, I would think.