Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wood Duck family

Yesterday some friends took us to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland. Lots of beautiful rhodies and azaleas are blooming right now, and the constant movements and sounds of birds made it even more colorful and eye-catching. Of course, none of the others could really compete with the male Wood Duck in the "showy" category, but he was certainly not as cute as his offspring which his mate was watching over.

What the Song Sparrows did not provide in color, they more than made up for by providing a musical accompaniment to the show going on all around us. A recording of a typical Song Sparrow song can be heard at the following link from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:


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