Backyard in January

DSC_2038

The kingfisher was 7 houses down sitting on a sailboat mast.

DSC_2057

Ibis on the dock at the same house.

DSC_2039

Great blue heron preening on my neighbor’s dock. He’s been coming around a lot lately.

DSC_2059

I call him Grumpy face.

DSC_2043

I walked out on my dock one afternoon and scared the hooded mergansers. I didn’t realize they were floating around next to it.

DSC_2047

He’s looking back at me like “Why did you come outside?”

DSC_2053

They were heading down the channel, keeping an eye on me.

DSC_2233

Sitting on my neighbor’s dock post, the kingfisher was showing off his snack. I know he can see me through the bedroom window.

Just a few visitors to our corner of the world during January.

Linking up Saturday’s Critters 

A hovering kingfisher – Skywatch Friday

DSC_7951

Standing on the edge of the lake watching an osprey go by, I saw a belted kingfisher out of the corner of my eye and was able to catch him.

DSC_7957

Several times he whizzed by. Male kingfishers have an all white stomach. Female ones have a rust color stripe across their stomach.

DSC_7973

He flew far out in the middle of the lake and was hovering.

DSC_7975

He spots something.

DSC_7976

Down he goes in a deep dive. He hit the water but did not come up with a fish.

DSC_7982

He flew around and came back, hovering again.

DSC_7983

He hovered for a few minutes then took off over the trees. That was the last I saw of him that morning. Kingfishers are “snow” birds down here. They only stay for the winter and then head back north to have their babies in the summer. I started  seeing them in early October. Every winter we have one that visits our dock a couple of times. I haven’t seen her yet but it’s still early. They have a very distinctive voice but are very skittish.

Check out more sky pictures at Skywatch Friday