Sunday, July 13, 2014

Early July

Mama Wood Duck out for a swim

Summer scenes

It's hard to believe it's already close to the middle of July...but it is!  The mallards have begun to moult, as you can see in the largest square.  Moving clockwise, one male and two females are hiding in he grass on a tiny island in a small pond. Purple raspberry blossoms are flowering beside the pond and black-eyed susans and milkweed are too. And the first of the egrets in my area are out foraging for fish.

Mama Wood Duck and her seven ducklings

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31 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Everything seems well with the world, at least as far as the Mallards and Wood Ducks are concerned. As someone who loves ducks I always feel cheated at this time of year when the males go into their drab eclipse plumage.

Revrunner said...

We have wood ducks in the area, but somehow I'm never where they are at the same time.

Sandra said...

Hey, is that my wood duck? did she fly up there so fast?

A Quiet Corner said...

I have a ceramic one...does that count? I've never seen one up here...yet!...:)JP

eileeninmd said...

This summer is flying by.. I love the wood ducks, they are beautiful. And the flowers are gorgeous. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Mersad said...

Nature is simply amazing, as are your photos.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

cieldequimper said...

Yes, this'll be frozen over in no time! :-) Until then, I'm so glad I can enjoy your beauty!

TexWisGirl said...

great to see all those growing ducklings!

Birdman said...

Enjoy watching wood ducks at work or play.

Karen S. said...

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Judy said...

Lovely summertime shots!

William Kendall said...

Gorgeous summer shots. The ducks seem well set for the season.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The ducklings are almost as big as mom.

Kathy said...

I have come to the realization that I need more ducks in my life!

RedPat said...

I love the smell of milkweed!

edenhills said...

Your July looks beautiful! Love the milkweeds.

Linda W. said...

Awww.....love the mama and her ducklings photo. So cute!

Ela said...

Lovely collection of photos !

Ela said...

Lovely collection of photos !

Ela said...

Lovely collection of photos !

Lisa Gordon said...

Awwww, those little ducklings are just adorable!

Anvilcloud said...

Yes, it's pretty well mid-summer, as long as you don't get too technical about dates anyway. Gardens are in full bloom and critters are doing what they need to do.

Ginny said...

These beautiful pictures just scream SUMMER to me!

Randy said...

Love the collage!

Rose said...

Thank goodness the wood ducks weren't in your swimming pool...LOL I think you saw Mad Snapper's post about that.

Your collage is beautiful...

Madge Bloom said...

Lovely scene, so peaceful!

maryaustria said...

So lovely! Wonderful photos!

see you there! said...

You captured Mid July in photo's so well. Summer at its best.

Darla

Gail Dixon said...

The female wood duck is so striking. Also enjoyed your collage of blooms and birds. I need to learn how to do collages.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, I smiled and smiled with the last picture; how adorable mom wood duck with duckling♡♡♡ And Beautiful flowers for Early July, EG. Yes, I love the wonderful collage, too.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Rambling Woods said...

How sweet... We had some wood duck eggs dumped in our nesting box, but nobody sat the nest..so sad about it..Michelle

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