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Prospect Park

Posted By David Mendosa On June 11, 2013 @ 10:22 am In Photography | No Comments

Sharon and I planned to celebrate her birthday by finding birds on Clear Creek in Jefferson County, Colorado. But the usually clear and plaid creek was a muddy and raging torrent from the heavy snowfall last month in the Rocky Mountains last month. Every bird had flown to calmer waters, and we followed.

Since Clear Creek runs through Prospect Park, we looked for birds on the three lakes there instead, and we found them. On the shore of Tabor Lake we found the bird that I had most hoped to see on the creek, a male Wood Duck.

A Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Is the Most Colorful Waterbird Native to North America [1]

A Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Is the Most Colorful Waterbird Native to North America

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We also saw the usual species. But some of their activity was unusual.

Male Red-winged Blackbirds were actively strutting their stuff, hoping to attract a female and to claim their territory.

A Male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Confidently Puffs Up Its Scarlet and Yellow Shoulder Patches [2]

A Male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Confidently Puffs Up Its Scarlet and Yellow Shoulder Patches

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But many female birds are even busier raising their broods this spring. This week I have been seeing a Mallard with her five ducklings right in front of my apartment at Tantra Lake. But Sharon and I found an even busier Mallard on Tabor Lake.

Sixteen Mallard Ducklings Follow This Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) [3]

Sixteen Mallard Ducklings Follow This Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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I can’t image the challenge of trying to manage this many youngsters.

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