Downy White

A Downy Woodpecker gave me a gorgeous under-belly view the other day, posing as I tried to focus in from the distance I stood away from him, about 10 feet. I couldn’t zoom these photos up too far without losing focus, but you certainly can catch the unusual view of white feathers!

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The remaining pictures, taken at different times, are more what one is used to seeing when spotting a Downy; his backside, with the red stripe at the back of his head (squint!).

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On the Pond

Last night on the Pond (Maumee River) there drifted a gaggle of 85-plus Canada Geese. Huddled at the Eastern side of the bridge, they were supposedly taking advantage of a large tree/log jam underneath the structure that resulted in a pond-like area near the shoreline. However, it was too dark for one to snap any photos of the paddling birds.

In the morning, I returned to the area to see how many were left. The geese gaggle had just flown the coop and landed a ways off on the Western side of the bridge.

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On the bridge’s Eastern side, a little group of Mallards were hanging together.

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In the meantime, some straggling geese made a bee-line for the main hive:

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Ah, the Pond, where mates are made and tag-along friends are welcome, too!