Greenfield Park


The breeding male Wood Duck was photographed in September at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The female Wood Duck was photographed at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The non-breeding male Wood Duck was photographed in September at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The juvenile Wood Ducks were photographed at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The fussy chick Wood Ducks were photographed with the female wood duck at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The male breeding Wood Duck has a highly colored face pattern with sweptback chest, white belly, dark back with dark squared of tail, and all with unique rainbow iridescence. The female Wood Duck is dull colored with a gray crested head with a white-eye patch. The non-breeding male Wood Duck is a brown color with dark head that has a white bridle on the throat. They have a range of south Canada to northeast, and central United States eastward and northwest. They have a habitat of wooded swamps, rivers, and ponds, mainly those surrounded by shading woodlands overhanging the water. They have a diet of mostly seeds of aquatic plants. It has no close relative except for the Mandarin Duck of eastern Asia.

 

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This adult Double-Breasted Cormorant was photographed in Orlando, Florida

This adult Double-Breasted Cormorant was photographed in Orlando, Florida

This juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was photographed at Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin on 9-16-2013

This juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was photographed at Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin on 9-16-2013

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The adult Double-Crested Cormorant is a large blackish water bird with blue eyes, an orange beak, orange-yellow throat patch, and a neck that usually is formed in an S. It swims with its bill tilted up at an angle. It perches upright and half-spreads its wings to dry in and out of water. The range is most of North America, coast to coast. It has a habitat of coasts, bays, lakes, and rivers. Its diet is fish and other aquatic life and forages mostly by diving from the surface and swimming.

This was the first day of sighting the Great Blue heron nest as the male landed above the nest and the female was sitting on the eggs.

On 4-3-2012 I got a sightings report that there was a Great Blue Heron Nest in Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. The next day I went there to see if I could find the nest, and after asking several persons it was found in a tree on an island in the park pond. Since then I have followed and photographed the progress of the nesting period. You can see the photograph history by selecting the link below. I will add photos as the nesting process continues.

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Select this link to see panorama photos of the Greenfield Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin