Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wood Ducks aplenty at MK Nature Center

With Ellen being 39 weeks pregnant, it seemed like a gentle walk close to home was the way to go. Boise is full of nice, close-to-home places to enjoy wildlife, so as much as we enjoy getting out of town and exploring southwest Idaho, sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra reason to stay in town. Towards the end of November, we enjoyed a nice walk in MK Nature Center.

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MK Nature Center, Ada County. November 23, 2013.

Lots of Mallards and Wood Ducks were enjoying the main pond, and we were also lucky enough to see one of the resident beavers out for a swim with the ducks.

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Mallard at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Ducks at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Ducks at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Beaver at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

Beaver swimming with the ducks at MK Nature Center, Ada County. November 23, 2013.

The park has several areas where they’ve built plexiglass windows into the side of a stream bed or pond so that visitors can learn about different aspects of a river ecosystem.

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Lots of fish (hey I’m a birder not a fisher!) at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

Behind the visitors center there’s an area with several feeders, and two different viewing blinds provide good photo opportunities. It’s probably the best place I know of for getting up close and personal with Wood Ducks, and you can even catch them working the platform feeders most of the time as well.

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Wood Duck at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Duck and Mallard at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Duck at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Duck at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Wood Ducks at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

There were lots of Dark-eyed Juncos on this trip too.

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Dark-eyed Junco at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Dark-eyed Junco at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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Dark-eyed Juncos at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

Mourning Doves were scouring the ground for spilled seeds.

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Mourning Dove at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

A flock of House Finches was hanging out in the trees surrounding the feeder area.

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House Finch at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

American Goldfinches were hanging out in the area as well, including this one that was getting a drink from the small stream nearby.

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American Goldfinch at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

Black-capped Chickadees were everywhere, though I couldn’t get one to show its face.

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Black-capped Chickadee at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

Near the end of our walk we also found this Red-Breasted Nuthatch conveniently enjoying a conspicuous perch.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch at MK Nature Center, Ada Count. November 23, 2013.

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