Nice Surprises on My Walk on Friday

Crow feeding geese. © Copyright 2016, Mary K. Hanson. All rights reserved.
Crow feeding geese. © Copyright 2016, Mary K. Hanson. All rights reserved.

On my way home, I stopped at William Land Park just intending to walk around the pond there and relax.  I cut through the WPA Rock Garden to get to the pond, and saw a handsome male Nuttall’s Woodpecker on a tree.  He was lifting the bark with this beak and fishing bugs out with his tongue.  I got some still shots of him and a little video.

Then I saw several crows near some folks who were feeding bread to the geese.  As I watched, I was surprised to see one of the crows pick up a huge mouth full of bread and rather than flying off with it, he walked it over to the pond and dropped it into the water in front of a goose… like he was feeding the geese.  So neat!

Along the rest of my walk around the pond, I also saw a Golden-Crown Sparrow, some kind of tiny Vireo, some hybrid Swedish Blue ducks, a Cayuga Duck, Canada Geese, some Red Squirrels, some Fox Squirrels, several American Crows, a Northern Flicker, a Belted Kingfisher flying overhead, a Scrub Jay, and a hummingbird. When I was watching the squirrels, a little bird flew down on the ground in front of me, and I was surprised to see it was fat little Ruby-Crowned Kinglet!  He hopped around through the leaf litter for a while, and I was able to get some photos of him.

In the pond, I saw a juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant and a Green Heron fishing.  So it was – happily — a more productive walk than I had planned.

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