Wood Duck

Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

October 5, 2013

A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An immature bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A belted kingfisher at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Lincoln's sparrow at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood duck and hooded merganser hybrids at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A wood duck and hooded merganser hybrid at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Fall colors at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed the following at Heard Pond in Wayland: bald eagles, belted kingfisher, great blue heron, Lincoln's sparrow and the fall colors. Joan also photographed more photos of the ducks she had submitted from the end of September. She wrote to the eBird program at Cornell and received the following from a project leader there: "I can say with a lot of confidence that these are not "just" Hooded Mergansers. The bill structure and plumage indicates that they are hybrids and the pattern of several of the birds seems perfect for Wood Duck. The nesting habits of Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser are quite similar, so having a mixed pairing is perhaps not that shocking. Nonetheless, I have been birding 25+ years and have never seen ducks like these. Fascinating birds and great photos.
This is indeed a VERY exciting observation. This pairing actually has been found a few times before and we do have it as a data entry option in ebird. Since it would be the first ever such entry from Massachusetts, I hope you will consider entering an eBird record for Heard Pond with these birds."

Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

September 29, 2013

A bald-faced hornet nest at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An unidentified duck at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An unidentified duck at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An osprey at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a bald-faced hornet nest, a pair of unidentified ducks - possibly hybrid wood ducks and mergansers - a great blue heron, and an osprey with a fish at Heard Pond in Wayland.

Nature at Great Meadows in Concord

June 4, 2013

Canada geese at at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Canada geese at at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Canada geese at at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
A flower, likely a morning glory, at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
A red-winged blackbird at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Wood ducks at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Sue Heard.
Sue Heard photographed a family of Canada geese, a red-winged blackbird, wood ducks and other views at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Birds in Concord

April 20, 2013

A great egret in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
A great egret and great blue heron in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Wood ducks in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Terri Ackerman photographed a great egret, great blue heron and wood ducks in Concord.

Wildlife at Great Meadows in Concord

May 20, 2013

Canada geese at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Canada geese at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An eastern tiger swallowtail at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A marsh wren nest at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Northern water snakes at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An osprey at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A sora at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A warbling vireo in its nest at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood ducks at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A yellow warbler nest at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A yellow warbler nest at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed the following at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in in Concord: Canada geese, eastern tiger swallowtail, great blue heron, a marsh wren nest, northern water snakes, osprey, sora, a warbling vireo in its nest, wood ducks, and a yellow warbler in its nest.

Wildlife at Great Meadows in Concord

May 7, 2013

A Canada goose gosling at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Canada geese gosling at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Canada geese gosling at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A carp at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A warbling vireo at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A wood duck at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Wood ducks at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Raj Das photographed Canada geese and goslings, a common carp, warbling vireo, and wood ducks at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Birds in Wayland

May 6, 2013

A downy woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Gerry White.
A mallard in Wayland, photographed by Gerry White.
Wood ducks in Wayland, photographed by Gerry White.
Gerry White photographed a downy woodpecker, mallard and wood ducks off Pelham Island Road in Wayland.

Birds at Great Meadows in Concord

May 5, 2013

A black-capped chickadee at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A blue-gray gnatcatcher at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A blue-gray gnatcatcher at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Wood ducks at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A foggy morning at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Raj Das photographed a black-capped chickadee, blue-gray gnatcathcer and wood ducks on a foggy morning at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Birds at Farm Pond in Framingham

April 27, 2013

Downy woodpeckers in Framingham, photographed by Raj Das.
A great blue heron in Framingham, photographed by Raj Das.
A mute swan in Framingham, photographed by Raj Das.
A tree swallow in Framingham, photographed by Raj Das.
A wood duck in Framingham, photographed by Raj Das.
Raj Das photographed downy woodpeckers, a great blue heron, a mute swan, a tree swallow and a wood duck at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Birds at Great Meadows in Concord

April 18, 2013

A common grackle at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A green-winged teal at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A red-winged blackbird at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
A wood duck at Great Meadows in Concord, photographed by Raj Das.
Raj Das photographed a common grackle, great blue heron, green-winged teal, red-winged blackbird, and wood duck at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

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