Cuties of the Creek

We’ve had a wonderful mix of winter water birds here on Cambridge Creek these past few months.

It’s the three little ones that win the Cutie Contest!  Here’s my latest favorite shots to share.

There’s the adorable, amusing Buffleheads….
Length – 12.6-15.8″ (32-40 cm)
Weight – 9.6-22.4 oz (272-635 g)
Wingspan – 21.6″ (55 cm)

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Bufflehead (female)

 

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Bufflehead (male)

 

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Bufflehead (male) with Lesser Scaup (male)

 

the charming Ruddy Ducks….
Length – 13.8-16.9″ (32-40 cm)
Weight – 10.6-30 oz (272-635 g)
Wingspan – 22.1-24.4″ (56-62 cm)

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Ruddy Duck (male)

 

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Ruddy Duck napping (female)

 

 

Female Ruddy Duck stretching and smiling for the camera

 

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“Paddlin’ During Nap Time”

 

and the delightful and smallest of the three, a Pied-Billed Grebe:
Length – 11.8-15″ (30-38 cm)
Weight – 8.9-20 oz (253-568 g)
Wingspan – 17.7-24.4″ (45-62 cm)

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Pied-billed Grebe

 

I think you’ll agree with me on these three Cambridge Creek Cutie Contest winners!  😊

 

 

38 thoughts on “Cuties of the Creek

  1. Great shots, Donna! We have had all of those in our cove except the pied billed grebe. We had a pair of horned grebes briefly, but our main winter visitors have been a large group of lesser scaups -more than any other year that we have been here. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan, and you’re welcome! All the grebes are rather cute, nice to have a pair of Horned Grebes. I am gathering from info here that the large group of Lesser Scaup we have this winter is also more than any other year. Hmmmm….interesting!

  2. Oh, I heartily concur, Donna. Great photos. I like that you caught the light just right on the third bufflehead, to capture that moment of green. And the rippling in the water of several of the photos is beautiful. I do love all three of these little ducks.

    • Thank you, Jet! It’s been a challenge trying to get that green sheen on the Buffleheads, lol, I was glad that one turned out nicely. With the water ripples, oh my, I’m always having fun with the duck wakes and lighting. 😊

    • Thank you, Jane, I’m sure you do. Soon they will be returning and transforming into colorful plumages for you that we miss getting to see. We still enjoy their winter residency here! 😉

  3. The creek is like a treasure chest, it has so many gems! Excellent gallery. Thank you Donna. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ, I went into the winter season wondering if the creek attracted any migrators, and I have been super thrilled with the results. It truly has been like a creek chest full of gems, beautifully said, my friend! 😊

  4. A beautiful array of your waterbirds Donna, and yes they are cute, like little rubber duckies you could put in the bath tub.. We do not see any of these birds here, so it is good that you showcase them for us Donna.

    • I knew yours & Eric’s love for the Buffleheads and I can’t blame you! Not only are they so adorable & entertaining, I love watching them land, ‘gliding’ on top of the water to a stop. All these cuties are like having ducklings year-round. 🙂

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