Birds Around A Local Pond

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

I regularly take long walks at different sections of the American River Parkway between Folsom and Fair Oaks. At one spot, along Lake Notomas, there is a small pond tucked back but alongside the bike trail. I never know what I am going to find. Last week, I was treated to what is a rare site to me – some hooded mergansers. Their cousins, the common mergansers, stick around all year. I often see belted kingfishers and acorn woodpeckers in that area also.

Acorn Woodpeckers are ubiquitous in this area. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, their behavior is different from most other woodpeckers. They find acorns and pound them into holes in dead trees. When they can’t find a hole, they make one. Later, they come back and eat them – if the squirrels and other wildlife don’t get them first.



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Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Male Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Female Hooded Mergansers
Female Hooded Mergansers
Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker

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