A Paddling of Mergansers

In the past few days, Margi and I have noticed paddlings of several dozen ducks exploring the nooks and crannies around our docks.  (Yes, a flock of swimming ducks is called a paddling 😄).  Since I'm still a novice at birding, I had no idea what species these birds were. Margi spotted them again yesterday from our …

An Unexpected Encore

The Woodpecker Chronicles (S1, E2) A Second Brood for Our Red-Bellied Woodpeckers Dedicated readers may remember my previous post back in May, which highlighted the modest exploits of a red-bellied woodpecker chick in a nearby Australian pine.  Within a few days, however, this fellow had completely disappeared from the area.  I can only presume that …